Bakker's team has dug up 39 Dimetrodon specimens, but only one each of Edaphosaurus and Diadectes--large herbivores thought to be prime Dimetrodon cuisine.
The researchers found loads of Dimetrodon teeth buried amid the chewed-up bones.
According to the study, ziphodont teeth, with their serrated edges, produced a more-efficient bite and would have allowed Dimetrodon to eat prey much larger than itself.
While most meat-eating dinosaurs possessed ziphodont teeth, fossil evidence suggested serrated teeth first evolved in Dimetrodon some 40 million years earlier than theropod dinosaurs.
The course of the nasolacrimal duct within the nasal cavity is indicated in Dimetrodon
by a shallow groove that continues from the anterior end of the lacrimal bone to the septomaxillary bone.
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Earlier animals like the sail-backed Dimetrodon
, and later ones such as the Wooly Mammoth may be extinct, but they are not dinosaurs.
A top predator in the basin's food chain was likely Dimetrodon
, a carnivorous reptile whose fossils were found in Europe for the first time at this quarry, Berman notes.
I was too busy watching that Liopleurodon batterin' thae Dimetrodons