The oldest cynodont: new clues on the origin and early diversification of the Cynodontia

@article{Botha2007TheOC,
  title={The oldest cynodont: new clues on the origin and early diversification of the Cynodontia},
  author={Jennifer Botha and Fernando Abdala and Roger M. H. Smith},
  journal={Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society},
  year={2007},
  volume={149},
  pages={477-492}
}
Early mammaliaforms and their extinct relatives, nonmammaliaform cynodonts, have long been the focus of intense research in attempting to unravel how and when major changes toward mammalness occurred. The earliest well-known representatives of cynodonts are latest Late Permian in age. Here, we describe Charassognathus gracilis gen. et sp. nov., from the early Late Permian of South Africa, representing the oldest cynodont yet found. This specimen displays a notch on the dentary in the same… 

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