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).
Known locations: Spain - Keuper Formation.
Time period: Carnian-Norian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Skull.
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
genus, hence the name Parahenodus which
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.
- 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.