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meaning: "Snake tooth"
Named By: Othniel Charles Marsh in 1878
Time Period: Late Carboniferous to Early Permian 306-280 Ma
Location: Canada, Nova Scotia. USA, New Mexico - Cutler Formation, Texas - Admiral Formation, Putnam Formation
Size: Up to 3 meters long for the largest species, possibly slightly larger
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore
Fossil(s): Many specimens allowing for accurate reconstruction
Classification: | Chordata | Synapsida | Pelycosauria | Eupelycosauria | Ophiacodontidae |

Ophiacodon (meaning "snake tooth") is an extinct genus of synapsids belonging to the family Ophiacodontidae that lived from the Late Carboniferous to the Early Permian in North America and Europe. The genus was named along with its type species O. mirus by paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh in 1878 and currently includes five other species. As an ophiacodontid, Ophiacodon is one of the most basal synapsids and is close to the evolutionary line leading to mammals.

Read more about Ophiacodon at Wikipedia
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