Synapsida


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Synapsida

(in the taxonomy of reptiles), a subclass fossil form, having a single inferior temporal FOSSA on each side of the skull. These are the Theromorphs from which mammals probably evolved. The term is sometimes extended to include the mammals.
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Affinities of ?Scalenodontoides plemmyridon Hopson, 1984 (Synapsida: Cynodontia) from the Upper Triassic of Nova Scotia.
Synapsida includes a number of extinct lineages that dominated the communities on land in the Late Permian (260-252 million years ago), as well as living mammals and their direct ancestors.