The Primitive Cynodont Procynosuchus: Functional Anatomy of the Skull and Relationships

  title={The Primitive Cynodont Procynosuchus: Functional Anatomy of the Skull and Relationships},
  author={Thomas Kemp},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B},
  • T. Kemp
  • Published 14 February 1979
  • Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
An acetic acid prepared skull of the Upper Permian Karroo cynodont Procynosuchus delaharpeae Broom is described and an attempt is made to interpret its anatomy in functional terms. The dentition is adapted for an insectivorous habit with an incipient form of tooth occlusion between specific upper and lower postcanines. A specialized form of tooth replacement ensures that the posterior postcanine teeth remain functional for as long a period as possible. The adductor jaw musculature shows a… 

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