Gorgonops

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Gorgonops
Temporal range: Late Permian
Head of G. torvus.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Suborder: Gorgonopsia
Family: Gorgonopsidae
Genus: Gorgonops
Owen, 1876
Gorgonops

Gorgonops (literally "Gorgon' face") is the name given to an extinct genus of therapsid which lived about 255-250 million years ago, during the latest part of the Permian period. It was a typical representative of the Gorgonopsia, the dominant predators of their day, which in the largest forms grew to over four meters long.