It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the time to write about any of my favorite transitional fossils, but today you’re in for a treat. And that treat’s name is Lycaenops.
Lycaenops is Greek for wolf face, so the moniker isn’t exactly complimentary, but I doubt that this particular genus of carnivorous therapsid would mind the name. Therapsids, just in case you’re wondering, is a classification of mammal-like reptiles. So, Lycaenops had many of the same physical characteristics of its neighboring reptiles but could move very much like modern day mammals. The shocker here, for many creationists, is that archeologists have found Lycaenops fossils before dinosaurs hit the scene.