May starts Sunday. This May, starting this week, will be a special departure from the Mesozoic. This month we're going to feature five special vertebrates from the Permian Era. Therefore, our first May Special Entry is:
In part we owe our multi-use teeth to animals like Dimetrodon, or "two types of teeth" as its name means. Dimetrodon was one of the first animals on the block sporting specialized teeth for tearing meat and chewing. If you've ever watched a lizard, such as an iguana, eat then you've seen them step on food to tear it, or perhaps the infamous crocodilian death roll?, and then swallow it whole. The first synapsids, like Dimetrodon, sporting its new version of dental batteries, were among the first animals to chew their food with teeth designed to do so and to tear up food for easier digestion. Next time you say grace include Dimetrodon and other early synapsids in your thoughts!