Kannemeyeria latifrons

Kannemeyeria is an extinct genus large dicynodont of the family Kannemeyeriidae, one of the first representatives of the family, and hence one of the first large herbivores of the Triassic. It lived during the later Early and early Middle part of the Triassic period (from the late Olenekian to the Middle Anisian age). The type species is named K. simocephalus.


Kannemeyeria was a very large dicynodont and could reach lengths of up to 3 meters. Despite the length, it was relatively light do to large cavities in it's body. Like most dicynodonts, Kannemeyeria had two tusks on the front of it's head. These tusks were likely used to tear legs of of plants. These tusks were Kannemeyeria's only teeth and it's mouth was toothless.


Various species of the genus Kannemeyeria are known from South Africa, Argentina, India, and (either this or a similar genus) China, and it can be assumed that, like many animals of this time, it had worldwide distribution.


Kannemeyeria is part of the Dicynodontia clade which are defined by the tusks on the front of their mouths.