A dinocephalian therapsid fauna on the Ecca-Beaufort

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A dinocephalian therapsid fauna on the Ecca-Beaufort contact in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Author: SP Modesto, Bruce Rubidge, WJ de Klerk and J Welman
Publication: South African Journal of Science, vol 97
Date: March/April 2001


Systematic exploration of outcrops of the lowermost Beaufort Group for fossils of the oldest terrestrial vertebrates of South Africa, known only from the Permian age Eodicynodon Assemblage Zone in Western Cape Province, has resulted in the discovery of a therapsid fauna in Eastern Cape province that is dominated by advance dinocephalians. The new discoveries include the skull and partial skeleton of juvenile Anteosaurus, skull and skeletal elements of tapinocephalids, as well as the skull of a scylacosaurid therocephalian.

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