Name: Parahenodus ‭(‬near Henodus‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pah-rah-hen-o-dus.
Named By: C.‭ ‬Miguel Chaves,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ortega‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬Perez-Garcia‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Sauropterygia,‭ ‬Placodontia,‭ ‬Henodontidae.
Species: P.‭ ‬atancensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Durophagovore‭ (‬shellfish eater‭)‬.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Spain‭ ‬-‭ ‬Keuper Formation.
Time period: Carnian-Norian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Skull.

       Parahenodus is a genus of placodont that lived in European waters during‭ ‬the late Triassic.‭ ‬The placodonts were marine reptiles that hunted for shellfish.‭ ‬The holotype skull of Parahenodus is very similar to the Henodus genus,‭ ‬hence the name Parahenodus which‭ ‬means‭ ‘‬near Henodus‭’‬.‭ ‬Like Henodus,‭ ‬Parahenodus would be expected to have had an armoured shell protecting its body,‭ ‬though the form of this shell is unknown at the time of writing.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new placodont from the Upper Triassic of Spain provides new insights on the acquisition of the specialized skull of Henodontidae.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Papers in Palaeontology‭ ‬4‭(‬4‭)‬:567-576.‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Miguel Chaves,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ortega‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬Perez-Garcia‭ ‬-‭ ‬2018.


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