Titanosuchidae

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Titanosuchidae
Temporal range: Guadalupian epoch
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Life restoration of Titanosuchus ferox
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Suborder: Dinocephalia
Clade: Titanosuchia
Broom
Family: Titanosuchidae
Broom, 1903
Genera

Titanosuchids are related to other dinocephalians, such as the tapinocephalidae - a group that includes Moschops. The most famous titanosuchids are Jonkeria and Titanosuchus.

Description[edit]

The titanosuchids were carnivorous to omnivorous (herbivorous?) tapinocephalid dinocephalians. As with other tapinocephalids, they had thick-skulls probably for head-butting. They had large canine teeth, and their incisors were very strong.

References[edit]

  • L. D. Boonstra, "The Fauna of the Tapinocephalus Zone (Beaufort Beds of the Karoo)", Annals of the South African Museum, 56 (1) 1969, pp. 1–73
  • Carroll, R. L. Vertebrate paleontology and evolution. -W. H. Freeman and company, New York, 1988
  • Edwin H. Colbert, Evolution of the Vertebrates, 2nd edition, 1969, John Wiley & Sons
  • James A. Hopson and Herbert R. Barghusen, "An Analysis of Therapsid Relationships", in The Ecology and Biology of Mammal-Like Reptiles ed. by Nocholas Hotton III, Paul D. MacLean, Jan J. Roth and E. Carol Roth, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London, 1986, pp. 83–106
  • Gillian M. King, "Anomodontia" Part 17 C, Encyclopedia of Paleoherpetology, Gutsav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart and New York, 1988

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