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Temporal range: Early Triassic
Restoration of Myosaurus gracilis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Infraorder: Dicynodontia
Family: Myosauridae
Kitching, 1968
Genus: Myosaurus
Haughton, 1917
Type species
M. gracilis
Haughton, 1917

Myosaurus is an extinct genus of dicynodont found primarily in Antarctica and South Africa.


The Family Myosauridae is known only from fossilized skull specimens, the family was distinguished from other families in the infraorder Dicynodontia by the larger breadth of the skull samples intertemporal region.
The Myosaurus used to be a member of the family Endothiodontidae but was placed in its own family after further investigation.

See also


Myosaurus gracilis, an Anomodont Reptile from the Lower Triassic of Antarctica and South Africa W. R. Hammer and J. W. Cosgriff Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 55, No. 2 (Mar., 1981), pp. 410-424 Published by: SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology Article Stable URL:

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