A Basal Nonmammaliaform Cynodont from the Permian of Zambia and the Origins of Mammalian Endocranial and Postcranial Anatomy

  title={A Basal Nonmammaliaform Cynodont from the Permian of Zambia and the Origins of Mammalian Endocranial and Postcranial Anatomy},
  author={Adam K. Huttenlocker and Christian A. Sidor},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
  • A. Huttenlocker, C. Sidor
  • Published 6 November 2020
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
ABSTRACT Nonmammaliaform cynodonts were a diverse group of Permo-Triassic synapsids whose morphological evolution documented the beginning of many classic mammalian traits. Here, we describe a new basal cynodont from the upper Permian Madumabisa Mudstone Formation of Zambia's Luangwa Basin as Nshimbodon muchingaensis gen. et sp. nov. The holotype, a relatively complete and undistorted cranium and articulated mandible with associated postcranial elements, is interpreted as the most complete and… 
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