Ankylosphenodon

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Ankylosphenodon
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous[1]
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Ankylosphenodon

Reynoso, 2000[1]
Species
  • A. pachyostosus Reynoso, 2000

Ankylosphenodon is an extinct species of sphenodontian known from Tepexi de Rodriguez, Mexico.[1] It is known from Early Cretaceous sedimentary deposits from the Tlayua formation.[1]

Lifestyle[edit]

Ankylosphenodon is thought to have been an aquatic reptile due to its pachyostotic skeleton and other anatomical features often seen in aquatic animals.[1] There is also evidence that its teeth were constantly growing throughout its lifetime, which may be indicative of herbivory, a rare characteristic among Lepidosauria.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Reynoso, Victor-Hugo (2000). "An unusual aquatic Sphenodontian (Reptilia: Diapsida) from the Tlayua Formation (Albian), Central Mexico". Journal of Paleontology. 74 (1): 133–148. doi:10.1017/S0022336000031310. JSTOR 1306891.