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Article: A new taxon of cistecephalid dicynodont from the upper Permian Kundaram Formation of India

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 2 Part 4 - Cover
Publication: Papers in Palaeontology
Volume: 2
Part: 4
Publication Date: November 2016
Page(s): 569 584
Author(s): Christian F. Kammerer, Saswati Bandyopadhyay, and Sanghamitra Ray
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1055
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KAMMERER, C.F., BANDYOPADHYAY, S., RAY, S. 2016. A new taxon of cistecephalid dicynodont from the upper Permian Kundaram Formation of India. Papers in Palaeontology, 2, 4, 569-584. DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1055

Author Information

  • Christian F. Kammerer - Museum für Naturkunde Leibniz‐Institut für Evolutions‐ und Biodiversitätsforschung Berlin Germany (Email:
  • Saswati Bandyopadhyay - Geological Studies Unit Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata India (Email:
  • Sanghamitra Ray - Department of Geology & Geophysics Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India (Email:

Publication History

  • Manuscript Accepted: 19 August 2016
  • Manuscript Received: 13 June 2016

Funded By

Richard Gilder Fellowship
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Grant Number: KA 4133/1‐2
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

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A new cistecephalid dicynodont, Sauroscaptor tharavati gen. et sp. nov., is described from the upper Permian Kundaram Formation of India. This taxon is represented by specimens formerly referred to the African dicynodont genera Cistecephalus and Emydops. Sauroscaptor can be distinguished from other cistecephalids by the extremely posterior position of the pineal foramen (overhanging the edge of the occiput), bipartite nuchal crest, and relatively narrow skull roof. The recognition of Sauroscaptor as a distinct cistecephalid taxon adds to the increasing evidence for high levels of basinal endemism in this family. However, dicynodont biogeographical patterns are complex, and there is no simple relationship between inferred dispersal ability based on body size and levels of endemicity within clades.

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