from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the Dicynodontia, an extinct group of therapsids.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a group of extinct reptiles having the jaws armed with a horny beak, as in turtles, and in the genus Dicynodon, supporting also a pair of powerful tusks. Their remains are found in triassic strata of South Africa and India.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the Dicynodontia: as, a dicynodont dentition; a dicynodont reptile.
- n. A member of the Dicynodontia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a kind of therapsid
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I love the form of dicynodont heads -- neat to see someone play with that form.
The last dicynodont: an Australian Cretaceous relict.
Heber A. Longman (best known for his 1924 description of the giant pliosaur Kronosaurus) exhibited them at a meeting in 1915, and noted that they resembled dicynodont elements.
Well, it turns out that he was right, as a 2003 reappraisal of the specimens by Tony Thulborn and Susan Turner showed that the bones could not belong to anything other than a dicynodont.
In every detail – the distribution of concavities and foramina, the articulatory surfaces for other bones, the tooth shape, wear pattern and surface microstructure, the internal tooth structure (determined by CT scanning) – the specimen is indisputably dicynodont, and not matched by anything else.
The confirmation that the fossils belonged to a dicynodont was published this week by Australian researchers.
Complete specimens of the dicynodont have been found in India and South Africa.
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And, if you would learn a secret, even before man trod here, in the days when the dicynodont bent yearningly over her young, and the river-horse which you find now nowhere on earth's surface, save buried in stone, called with love to his mate; and the birds whose footprints are on the rocks flew in the sunshine calling joyfully to one another -- even in those days when man was not, the fore-dawn of this kingdom had broken on the earth.
The image above combines Laurie Beirne’s dicynodont life restoration, used in the press releases for Thulborn & Turner (2003), and on the front cover of the relevant issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, with a photo of the Australian fossil.