Paleo Profile: Ichibengops munyamadziensis

Name: Ichibengops munyamadziensis

Meaning: The genus name is a combination of Bemba and Greek meaning "scar face", while the species name is in reference to the Munyamadzi Game Management Area where the fossils were found.

Age: Upper Permian, around 255 million years ago.

Where in the world?: The Madumabisa Mudstone Formation of northern Zambia.

What sort of critter?: A eutherocephalian, or one of the protomammals that thrived prior to the worst mass extinction of all time.

Size: About the size of a small dog, such as Dachshund.

How much of the creature’s body is known?: Two partial skulls.

Claim to fame: Over 250 million years ago, before the "Age of Dinosaurs", protomammals ruled the land. ...

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