Journal of the Geological Society of India

, Volume 79, Issue 2, pp 175–180

New cynodont record from the lower Triassic Panchet Formation, Damodar valley



This paper reports the find of a new non-mammalian cynodont from the Lower Triassic Panchet Formation of the Damodar valley, West Bengal, India. The fossil, recovered from a clay pellet rich calcareous sandstone bed, is a part of left lower jaw having five post canines that are damaged to various extents. A combination of mammal-like advanced characters such as much enlarged dentary, reduced post dentary bones, high coronoid process, large masseteric fossa, each post canine with a large central cusp flanked by a distal and a mesial accessory cusps with two additional lingually positioned cingular cusps, incipient root division and clearly demarcated crown-root juncture prompted to erect a new taxon Panchetocynodon damodarensis gen. et sp. nov.


Cynodont Lower Triassic Panchet Damodar Valley India 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Op: Orissa, Nayapalli, Unit VIIIGeological Survey of IndiaBhubaneswarIndia
  2. 2.Palaeontology Division — IGeological Survey of IndiaKolkataIndia

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