|Taxonomy:||Therapsida; Anomodontia; Family Dicynodontidae |
|Age:||Late Permian, Zone IV, 245 million years ago |
|Locality:||Sokolki, Malaya Severnaya, Northern Russia |
Dicynodon ("Two Dog-teeth") is a type of herbivorous mammal-like reptile that flourished during the Permian Period. This animal was toothless, except for prominent tusks, hence the name. It probably cropped vegetation with a horny beak, much like a tortoise, while the tusks may have been used for digging up roots and tubers.
Dicynodon was a medium sized and advanced member of the Dicynodont group. It had an average length of 1.2 metres (3.9 ft), although size differed among species. Its fossil remains have been found in sediments of latest Permian age in South Africa, Tanzania, Russia, and China.
A large species, Dicynodon trautscholdi, has been found at Sokoli on the Dvina River near Archangelsk in Russia. It lived during the latest Permian, and was a contemporary of Inostrancevia, Scutosaurus and Dvinia. Like all members of the genus, this animal was toothless, except for prominent tusks, and probably cropped vegetaion with a horny beak, like a tortoise. (information from Wikipedia.org)
This skull is a replica casted from the previously mencioned species. The specimen was found in Sokolki, Malaya Severnaya (Small North), Dvina River near Archangel'sk in Northern Russia. The shipping for this product is free!