Friday, 22 November 2013

Bullacephalus jacksoni

Bullacephalus from the Middle Permian of South Africa is the earliest known Burnetiamorph.

Bullacephalus jacksoni
Rubidge & Kitching, 2003
Meaning of generic name
Latin bulla, boss and Greek kephali, head
Skull length: 15 cm, Length: ? 1 m
Holotype (BP/1/5387): Nearly complete skull and lower jaw.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Lowermost Tapinocephalus assemblage zone, beaufort Group, Middle Permian (Capitanian).

Type locality: Middlevlei farm, Laingsburg, Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Biarmosuchia Burnetiamorpha Burnetiidae
Further Reading
Rubidge, B. S., and J. W. Kitching. 2003. A new burnetiamorph (Therapsida: Biarmosuchia) from the lower Beaufort Group of South Africa. Palaeontology, 46:199-210.

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