Lycorhinus ‭(‬Wolf snout‭)‬

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Lycorhinus ‭(‬Wolf snout‭)‬

Phonetic : Ly-koe-rhy-nuss.

Named By : Sidney H.‭ ‬Haughton‭ ‬-‭ ‬1924

Diet : Herbivore/ Possibly Omnivore

Size : Estimated 1.2 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Euornithopod

Type Species : L.‭ ‬angustidens‭ (‬type‭)

Found in : South Africa,‭ ‬Cape Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Elliot Formation

When it Lived : Late Triassic, 205-195 million years ago

Lycorhinus, a genus heterodontosaurid ornithischian dinosaurid from South Africa’s Elliot Formation, is one example of Lycorhinus.


LycorhinusPaul C. Sereno, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Lycorhinus, which includes the remains that Gow described in 1975 as Lanasaurus is a small herbivorous dinosaur measuring 1.2 metres (47in) in length. This is despite its long canines in its jaws.

The fossil material is composed of dentaries, maxillae and other elements. This is why Sidney H. Haughton named the remains Lycorhinus Angustidens in 1924. The generic name “wolf snout” was initially misinterpreted as a Cynodont and the specific descriptor “constricted teeth”.

SAM 3606, the holotype, is composed of a mandible that Dr M. Ricono discovered. Three additional species of Lycorhinus were also named. Robert Broom created Lycorhinus parvidens and Richard Anthony Thulborn named Lycorhinus.tucki in 1970, renaming Heterodontosaurus.tucki. However, these species have not been recognized. Thulborn named Lycorhinus consors in 1974. James Hopson renamed it Abrictosaurus in 1975.

Source: Wikipedia