The Primitive Cynodont Procynosuchus: Structure, Function and Evolution of the Postcranial Skeleton

@article{Kemp1980ThePC,
  title={The Primitive Cynodont Procynosuchus: Structure, Function and Evolution of the Postcranial Skeleton},
  author={Thomas Kemp},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B},
  year={1980},
  volume={288},
  pages={217-258}
}
  • T. Kemp
  • Published 7 January 1980
  • Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
An almost complete, acetic acid prepared skeleton of Procynosuchus delaharpeae Broom, an Upper Permian cynodont, is described. The axial skeleton is primitive in lacking the expanded costal plates, and accessory zygapophyses of later cynodonts. The mechanism of the shoulder joint is interpreted, and it indicates that no significant locomotory forces were generated by the forelimb. The hindlimb was capable of both a sprawling and an erect gait. Specialized horizontal zygapophyses in the lumbar… 

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