Named By: Ivan Yefremov - 1938.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Dinocephalia, Anteosauridae.
Species: T. potens (type), T, adamanteus.
Size: Skull 80 centimetres long.
Known locations: Russia, Isheevo.
Time period: Late Permian.
Fossil representation: 3 Specimens.
is envisioned as having a sprawling stance, which means that the legs
spread out to the sides instead of supporting the body weight from
underneath. This may in turn suggest that Titanophoneus
tactics instead of running down its prey of extended distances. The
large canine teeth of Titanophoneus would have
likely been used to
deliver a crippling bite to an area such as the neck or spine of its
prey. Once delivered, all Titanophoneus would have
to do is wait for it
prey to collapse, a smart strategy when you consider that even
herbivores had fierce looking teeth for dealing with the tough plants
of the Permian.
Titanophoneus is thought to have descended from the Biarmosuchus line, also from Russia, which is thought to be a link between therapsids and sphenacodonts.