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Eoarctops vanderbyli

This early and small gorgonopsid was characterized by a broad skull and a short snout.


Eoarctops vanderbyli


Haughton, 1929 

Meaning of the generic name

Early Bear face


Skull length: 13 cm ,Length: 0.5 m?


Holotype (SAM 5598): skull

Age and Distribution

Horizon: Tapinocephalus assemblage zone, Beaufort group, Middle Permian (Capitanian).
Type locality:
Karoo basin, South Africa.


Synapsida Therapsida Gorgonopsia Gorgonopsidae

  Further Reading

  Haughton, S. H., 1929. On some new therapsid genera: Annals of the South African Museum, v. 28, n. 1, p. 55-78.
Sigogneau, D., 1970. Revision Systematique des Gorgonopsiens Sud-Africains: Cahiers de Paleontologie, 414pp.
Gebauer E., 2007. Phylogeny and Evolution of the Gorgonopsia with a Special Reference to the Skull and Skeleton of GPIT/RE/7113, doctoral dissertation.



Life reconstruction of Eoarctops vanderbyli (© N. Tamura)

Skull reconstruction of Eoarctops vanderbyli. From Gebauer, 2007. Scale bar is 1 cm.