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Sphenacodon2
Type Synapsid, likely belonging to the clade of Dinocephalia
First sight 1946
Last sight unknown
Country South Africa
Habitat Open Forest ,mountain
Possible population small

When there were sightings of a giant 3 m reptile in the Karoo in 1946, the famous fossil discoveries in that region made the press believe it was a living Permian therapsid. Of course, there's no reason to assume that was the case, and Heuvelmans and Coudray suggest that it was a giant monitor lizard. The contemporary identification as a therapsid is more of an historical curiosity than anything else.

Perhaps I should have thought a little before posting my original response, because I'm just now remembering that Bruce Champagne, very bizarrely, identifies some of his sea serpent types (including his giant turtle type) as mammal-like reptiles. Explanation: Dinocephalian fossils are found in abundance in the Karoo, being the richest site of Permian fossils in the world. Dinophali were hibernating what I believe to be a distant descendant of them to have evolved in the last 250 million years. [1]

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