|Named By:||Richard Owen in 1845|
|Time Period:||Changhsingian, 253.8-251 Ma|
|Location:||China, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania|
|Size:||Average 1.2 meters long, but some variation between species|
|Fossil(s):||Many specimens are known|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Synapsida | Therapsida | Dicynodontia | Dicynodontidae ||
Dicynodon ("Two Dog-teeth") is a type of dicynodont therapsid that flourished during the Late Permian period. Like all dicynodonts, it was herbivorous. This animal was toothless, except for prominent tusks, hence the name. It probably cropped vegetation with a horny beak, much like a tortoise, while the tusks may have been used for digging up roots and tubers.
Many species of Dicynodon have been named, and the genus is considered a wastebasket taxon. A 2011 study of the genus found most of the species to represent a paraphyletic grouping, with the only valid members of Dicynodon being D. lacerticeps and D. huenei.