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small carnivorous reptiles

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The traversodontid cynodont Arctotraversodon plemmyridon is only known from a few specimens, unlike its close relative Boreogomphodon jeffersoni, which tends to be common where present.
Co-author Dr Jennifer Botha-Brink of the National Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa said that during the Triassic, the cynodonts split into two groups, the cynognathians and the probainognathians.
Rowe began scanning skulls from the reptilian ancestors of mammals, cat-size creatures called cynodonts.
The most common tetrapod fossils are teeth referable to small ornithischians and possible theropods, followed by bones and osteoderms of Protosuchus, and bones of cynodont therapsids including a tritylodontid dentary and limb bones.
Studying a transect of Pangaea stretching from about three degrees south to 26 degrees north (a long swath in the center of the continent covering tropical and semiarid temperate zones), a team of scientists led by Jessica Whiteside at Brown University has determined that reptiles, represented by a species called procolophonids, lived in one area, while mammals, represented by a precursor species called traversodont cynodonts, lived in another.
Cynodonts, extinct mamma-like reptiles that gave rise to true mammals, bore just such a trough.
The process of development can be traced by following the evolution of pelycosaurs (animals with spiked sails on their backs that resembled large Komodo dragons) to cynodonts, whose jaws and related muscular features were much closer to those of mammals.
Hopson agreed, "The cynodonts (the group of prehistoric animals including mammals and their nearest relatives) are some of the best specimens I have ever seen.
Smith & Kitching (1997) reported a bed of pedogenic nodule conglomerate rich in terrestrial vertebrate remains, including skulls and partial skeletons of cynodonts, in floodplain deposits of Lower Jurassic age in South Africa, which they likewise attributed to a regional base level drop.