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meaning: "Dog Jaw"
Named By: Harry Govier Seeley in 1895
Time Period: Early - Middle Triassic, 247-237 Ma
Location: Antarctica, Argentina, China, South Africa
Size: Body length up to 1 meter long, Skull up to 30 centimetres long
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Multiple fossils, Cynognathus is one of the most numerous and completely reconstructed cynodonts
Classification: | Chordata | Synapsida | Therapsida | Cynodontia |
Also known as: | Cistecynodon parvus | Cynidiognathus broomi | Cynidiognathus longiceps | Cynidiognathus merenskyi | Cynognathus beeryi | Cynognathus minor | Cynognathus platyceps | Cynogomphius berryi | Karoomys browni | Lycaenognathus platyceps | Lycochampsa ferox | Lycognathus ferox |

Cynognathus is an extinct genus of large-bodied cynodont therapsid that lived in the Early and Middle Triassic. It is known from a single species, Cynognathus crateronotus. Cynognathus was a 1.2 meter-long predator closely related to mammals and had an almost worldwide distribution. Fossils have so far been recovered from South Africa, South America, Antarctica, and Western Africa.

Read more about Cynognathus at Wikipedia
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