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meaning: "Gorgon face"
Named By: Richard Owen in 1876
Time Period: Wuchiapingian, 260-254 Ma
Location: South Africa - Karoo Basin and Malawi
Size: Depending upon the species, between 1.2 and 3 meters long. Skull between 20 to 35 centimetres
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Multiple individuals, usually from partial to complete skull material, but post cranial remains are also known
Classification: | Chordata | Synapsida | Therapsida | Gorgonopsia | Gorgonopsidae |
Also known as: | Chiwetasaurus dixeyi | Gorgonognathus longifrons | Gorgonops longifrons | Leptotrachelus eupachygnathus | Leptotracheliscops eupachygnathus | Pachyrhinos kaiseri | Scymnognathus whaitsi | Scymnosuchus whaitsi |

Gorgonops (from Greek Gorgon -Gorgon- and ops -eye, face-, literally "Gorgon' eye" or "Gorgon' face") is an extinct genus of therapsid which lived about 260-254 million years ago, during the Late Permian. It was a typical representative of the suborder Gorgonopsia, the dominant predators of their day, which in the largest forms grew to over three metres long.

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