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Moschops - Wiki
Moschops (meaning calf face) was a prehistoric mammal-like reptile (therapsid) which lived in the Middle Permian, some 255 million years ago. Its remains were found in the Karoo region of South Africa.
It was the largest animal in the area at the time, with a body length of around 5 m (16 ft). It was heavily built and quadrupedal. It was a herbivore with short, peglike teeth.
It had a thickened skull and many scientists believed that animals competed with each other by bashing their heads together; mountain sheep use a similar method (though some scientists suggest that the heavy skull on the find may be a result of a disease). A short, but heavy tail may have counter-balanced its large head if the thick skull was a natural occurrence. It was probably the main source of food for other predatory therapsids in the area.
His predators probably were Lycaenops and Titanosuchus.
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