Cynognathus

noun

Cy·​nog·​na·​thus
sə̇ˈnägnəthəs,
sīˈ-
: a genus of large carnivorous therapsid reptiles (suborder Theriodontia) that greatly resembled mammals in form, were presumably near the direct ancestral line of the true mammals, and are known chiefly from remains found in the Karroo formation of the Triassic

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from cyn- + -gnathus -gnathous

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“Cynognathus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cynognathus. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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