|Named By:||Richard Owen in 1884|
|Time Period:||Early Jurassic|
|Location:||South Africa - Elliot Formation. Lesotho - Elliot Formation|
|Size:||About 30 centimetres long|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Synapsida | Therapsida | Cynodontia | Tritylodontidae ||
|Also known as:||| Triglyphus ||
Tritylodon (Greek for 3 cusped tooth) was a genus of tritylodont, one of the most advanced group of cynodont therapsids. They lived in the Early Jurassic and possibly Late Triassic periods along with dinosaurs. They also shared a lot of characteristics with mammals, and were once considered mammals because of overall skeleton construction. That was changed due to them retaining the vestigial reptilian jawbones and a different skull structure. Tritylodons are now regarded as non-mammalian synapsids.