Friday, 22 November 2013

Burnetia mirabilis

Burnetia is known from a partial badly distorted skull from the Late Permian of Russia. It was initially thought to be a gorgonopsid until it was recognized as biarmosuchian. Like other members of the burnetiidae family, the skull displays various bumps.

Burnetia mirabilis
Broom, 1923
Skull length: 20 cm, Length: ? 1.1 m
Holotype (BMNH R5397): Compressed partial skull.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Dicynodon Assemblage Zone, Upper Permian (Wuchiapingian-Changhsingian).

Type locality: Farm Water Krantz, Graaff-Reinet District, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Biarmosuchia Burnetiamorpha Burnetiidae
Further Reading
R. Broom 1923. On the structure of the skull in the carnivorous dinocephalian reptiles. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 2:661–684..

B. S. Rubidge and C. A. Sidor. 2002. On the Cranial Morphology of the Basal Therapsids Burnetia and Proburnetia (Therapsida: Burnetiidae). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22(2):257-267.

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