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Charassognathus head
Restoration of the head of Charassognathus gracilis
Vital statistics
Scientific Name Charassognathus gracilis
Length 50cm
Diet Carnivorous
Lived Late Permian
Range South Africa

Charassognathus was a cynodont from the Late Permian period. The only bones found were a crushed skull, incomplete lower jaw, and one leg. They were described in 2007.[1] The name "Charassognathus" means "delicate notched jaw".


  1. Botha, Abdala & Smith (2007). "The oldest cynodont: new clues on the origin and diversification of the Cynodontia.". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (149): 477–492.