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Temporal range: Middle Triassic, Anisian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Rhynchosauria
Family: Rhynchosauridae
Subfamily: Stenaulorhynchinae
Genus: Mesodapedon
Chatterjee, 1980
  • M. kuttyi Chatterjee, 1980 (type)

Mesodapedon is an extinct genus of hyperodapedontid rhynchosaur from middle Triassic (Anisian stage) deposits of India. It is known from the holotype ISIR-300 and from the paratype ISIR-301 from the Yerrapalli Formation. It was first named by Sankar Chatterjee in 1980 and the type species is Mesodapedon kuttyi.[1] It is extremely closely related to the Tanzanian Stenaulorhynchus and even was considered to be its synonym.[2]


  1. ^ Sankar Chatterjee (1980). "The evolution of Rhyncosaurs". Mémoires de la Société Géologique de France. 139: 57–65. 
  2. ^ David M. Dilkes (1998). "The Early Triassic rhynchosaur Mesosuchus browni and the interrelationships of basal archosauromorph reptiles". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 353: 501–541. doi:10.1098/rstb.1998.0225.