Dentition and feeding niche of Endothiodon (Synapsida; Anomodontia).
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Latimer, E. M.
Gow, C. E.
Rubidge, B. S.
Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research
The cranial morphology and extensive dentition of the dicynodont therapsid Endothiodon are different from those of any other dicynodont and it clearly had a different feeding niche. Recently prepared material from Mozambique which has relatively well preserved dentition has revealed that the mode of tooth replacement of Endothiodon differs in the upper and lower jaws. The very high and narrow vaulted palate with a close fitting, pointed lower jaw indicates that Endothiodon had a small mouth with muscular cheeks and extensive cheek pouches, suggesting a browsing feeding niche.
Therapsida, Dicynodontia, Endothiodon