Re-assessment of the Taxonomic Position of the Specimen GPIT/RE/7113 (Sauroctonus parringtoni comb. nov., Gorgonopsia)

  • Eva V. I. Gebauer
Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)


The nearly complete gorgonopsian specimen GPIT/RE/7113, holotype of Scymnognathus (later Aelurognathus?) parringtoni, is redescribed. Comparisons with the type species of Aelurognathus (A. tigriceps) reveal that GPIT/RE/7113 is not referable to that genus. GPIT/RE/7113 shares a number of features with the Russian gorgonopsian Sauroctonus progressus, including a weakly flared zygomatic arch, interorbital and intertemporal regions of nearly equal width, broad nasal, naso-frontal suture situated anterior to the orbit and somewhat bow-shaped, prefrontal long and extremely low, terminating in a narrow anterior process, narrow vomer, parietal contribution to the occipital rim, and somewhat sloping dentary symphysis. Based on these characters, GPIT/RE/7113 is referred to Sauroctonus as S. parringtoni comb. nov. This represents the first instance of commonality in a gorgonopsian genus between the Eastern European and East African therapsid faunas.


Permian Russia Tanzania Postcranium Theriodontia Aelurognathus 



Sincere thanks go to the following who have supported this study by providing access to specimens in their care, discussion and assistance: Jenny Clack (Cambridge), Roger Smith (Cape Town), Bruce Rubidge and Mike Raath (Johannesburg), Carl Mehling (New York), Tom Kemp (Oxford), Denise Sigogneau-Russell (Paris), and Wolf-Ernst Reif and Frank Westphal (Tübingen). Financial support of the Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg is gratefully acknowledged.


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  1. 1.Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

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