Named By: Spencer G. Lucas, Larry F. Rinehart & Matt Celeskey - 2018.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Eupelycosauria, Edaphosauridae.
Species: G. kraineri (type).
Size: Roughly estimated to be about 1.5 meters long.
Known locations: USA, New Mexico.
Time period: Asselian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial post cranial remains of the anterior portion of the skeleton.
relative of the much more famous Edaphosaurus,
is a genus
of sailbacked pelycosaur
that lived in North America during the early
Permian. The appearance of Gordodon in the early
with the shape of the teeth which are rounded and formed in rows
suggests that Gordodon was one of the first
pelycosaurs to go
completely vegetariam in its dietary habits.
- The oldest specialized tetrapod herbivore: A new eupelycosaur from the Permian of New Mexico, USA. - Palaeontologia Electronica. 21.3.39A (3): 1–42. - Spencer G. Lucas, Larry F. Rinehart & Matt Celeskey - 2018.