cynodont


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cynodont

(ˈsaɪnəˌdɒnt)
n
(Animals) a carnivorous mammal-like reptile of the late Permian and Triassic periods, whose specialized teeth were well developed
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Noun1.cynodont - small carnivorous reptilescynodont - small carnivorous reptiles    
protomammal, therapsid - probably warm-blooded; considered direct ancestor of mammals
Cynodontia, division Cynodontia - a division of the order Therapsida from the Triassic period comprising small carnivorous tetrapod reptiles often with mammal-like teeth
Translations
cinodonto
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Non-mammalian synapsids (therapsids) are represented only by the large traversodontid cynodont Arctotraversodon plemmyridon (Hopson 1984; Sues et al.
Lead author Dr Marcello Ruta of the University of Lincoln of the study, said that mass extinctions are seen as entirely negative but in this case, cynodont therapsids, which included a very small number of species before the extinction, really took off afterwards and was able to adapt to fill many very different niches in the Triassic - from carnivores to herbivores.
The scans showed that a young amphibian that suffered from broken ribs crawled into a burrow that belonged to a cynodont, considered a distant ancestor of mammals.
The scans showed cynodont brains to be simple and relatively small, with tiny olfactory bulbs.
To sit and watch a cynodont (a prehistoric dog) eat its young, to see a massive Plataeosaurus lumber across the wilderness, and to forget this is just animation is an indescribable experience.
In July 1965, Bob Carroll, while collecting with Don, found a fragment of a very large dentary (YPM VPPU 019190) at Burntcoat, which proved to be the first record of a traversodont cynodont from North America.