The Dinocephalia — Enter the 'Horrible Heads'
A grotesque appearance gave these therapsids their well-deserved name. Most had tremendously thick skulls — perhaps for use in head-butting jousts
— some had strange horn-like knobs jutting from their skulls. But, it was not their oddly-shaped heads which would allow these creatures to dominate the
land. Dinocephalians were the giants of their world — much larger than their relatives, the 'dawn therapsids'. Their's was a world of 'Eat and be
Often sheer size determined whether an animal was on the menu or not. Like the pelycosaurs before them, some dinocephalians took advantage of the food source provided by the
abundant plant life surrounding them. In their turn, these bulky plant-eaters provided an unresistable temptation to other large dinocephalians.