synapsid

noun
syn·​ap·​sid | \sə-ˈnap-səd \

Definition of synapsid 

: any of a subclass (Synapsida) of extinct chiefly Permian and Triassic reptiles (such as the pelycosaurs) that resembled mammals, had a single pair of lateral temporal skull openings, and are usually held to be ancestral to mammals

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Four-limbed vertebrates were becoming more diverse and among them were primitive amphibians, early reptiles and synapsids, the group that would one day include mammals. Fox News, "World's Largest Extinction Explained by World's Largest Volcanic Eruption," 23 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of synapsid

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for synapsid

New Latin Synapsida, from Greek syn- + apsid-, apsis arch, vault — more at apsis

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