Styracocephalus

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Styracocephalus

The head ornament of Styracocepbalus meant that it could be recognized from a distance. The crest stuck upwards and backwards, but there is some variation in its shape, and this suggests that it changed throughout life and that it was different between the male and the female. Styracocepbalus was a large herbivore that may have been fully terrestrial or partly aquatic like the modern hippopotamus, which resembles it in shape and size. It may have evolved from the estemmenosuchid group. Its remains are known from South Africa but it probably had a wider distribution. realsitic dinosaur costume

 

Features: The distinction of Styracocephalus lies in the ornamentation of the head and the size and arrangement of the teeth. The front teeth and the canines are conical and quite small, and there is a large number of back teeth, as well as a set of crushing teeth on the palate. This is a very primitive arrangement later forms had prominent interlocking incisor teeth at the front and reduced and palate teeth.

DINOCEPHALIAN TEETH

The front teeth of the dinocephalians tended to differ from genus to genus, but the back teeth were usually of the same pattern. The back teeth were much smaller than those of the front. Each tooth was the same shape as the next in each jaw, and the same in the opposing jaw. It consisted of a curved crown with a rounded blunt tip. and a ledge near the root. When the jaws closed the curved crowns interiaced and the tips fitted into sockets on the ledges of the opposite set. As a result the teeth meshed perfectly, allowing no gaps for the escape of food and making the chopping and crushing action very efficient.