Moschorhinus

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Moschorhinus
Moschorhinus DB.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Suborder: Therocephalia
Family: Akidnognathidae
Genus: Moschorhinus
Broom, 1920
Type species
Moschorhinus kitchingi
Broom, 1920

Moschorhinus is an extinct genus of therocephalian. It was a carnivorous quadruped and lived in the Permian period. Described by South African paleontologist Robert Broom in 1920, its name is derived from the Ancient Greek words moschos "calf" and rhino- "nose".

With prey
Head

Its short strong skull bore long straight canines and was up to lion-sized. It resembled the gorgonopsids, whose predatory role it appears to have replaced.[1]

Remains of Moschorhinus kitchingi have been found in the earliest Triassic beds in the Karoo basin, hence surviving the Permian-Triassic extinction event, but disappear soon afterwards.[2][3]

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