Gorgonops

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Gorgonops
Temporal range: Late Permian
Gorgonops torvus1DB.jpg
Head of G. torvus.
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Gorgonops

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.