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Dentition and Tooth Replacement in an Upper Triassic Traversodont Cynodont from the Eastern United States

Liu, J., and H.-D. Sues. 2010. Dentition and tooth replacement of Boreogomphodon (Cynodontia: Traversodontidae) from the Upper Triassic of North Carolina, USA. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 48:169-184.


Abstract - The teeth of new specimens of the traversodontid cynodont Boreogomphodon from the Upper Triassic of North Carolina are described. Based on dental features, especially the postcanine morphology, the North Carolina specimens are tentatively referred to Boreogomphodon jeffersoni, although their lower gomphodont postcanines typically have two rather than three cusps on the anterior transverse ridge. Based on the tooth size, direct replacement on all available specimens, the gomphodont teeth were shed anteriorly and added posteriorly. Only one generation of gomphodont teeth, at least one and possibly two generations of sectorial postcanines were present.

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