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- n. Any of several small carnivorous reptiles closely related to the mammals
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any member of the Cynodontia, a group of small carnivorous reptiles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of the reptilian suborder *Cynodontia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small carnivorous reptiles
I read "Tetrapod burrows from the Triassic of Antarctica," which demonstrates that fossil burrows found at Wahl Glacier in the Beardmore Glacier region of the central Transantarctic Mountains (Lovecraft's "Mountains of Madness") were made by an animal similar to the cynodont Thrinaxodon.
Later the Italo-Argentine geologist Joaquin Frenguelli collected the first fossil skull of a cynodont from the Ischigualasto formation and sent it to the La Plata Museum where it was described by the palaeontologist Angel Cabrera in 1944.
Fox and his colleagues have stuck to their guns, and in recent publications have continued to regard Chronoperates as a non-mammalian cynodont (Scott et al. 2002).
They noted that its position is ‘dubious, even at this level, but not a nonmammalian cynodont’ (p. 43).
He concluded that ‘the fossils currently available do not justify classification of Chronoperates as a non-mammalian cynodont’ (p. 278).
They inherited it from their common ancestor who was most likely a species of cynodont.
Probainognathus, a small cynodont reptile from the Triassic sediments of Argentina, shows characters in the skull and jaws far advanced toward the mammalian condition.
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