Friday, 22 November 2013

Eunotosaurus africanus

Eunotosaurus africanus was a small turtle-like reptile from the Middle Permian of South Africa. It is known from incomplete skeletons characterized by plate-like ribs.

Eunotosaurus africanus
Seeley, 1892 sensu Modesto, 2000
Length: 15 cm
Partial skeleton
Age and Distribution
Horizon: upper half of the Tapinocephalus zone and throughout the Pristerognathus Assemblage Zone; Middle Permian (Capitanian).

Type locality: Ecca-Beaufort contact in Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Anapsida Eunotosauridae
Further Reading
Watson, 1914 D.M.S. Watson, Eunotosaurus africanus Seeley and the ancestors of the Chelonia, Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 11 (1914), pp. 1011–1020.

Cox C.B. 1969. The problematic Permian reptile Eunotosaurus. Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) 18, 167–196.

Keyser A.W. and Gow C.E. 1981. First complete skull of the Permian reptile Eunotosaurus africanus Seeley. S. Afr. J. Sci. 77, 417–420.

Gow, C.E. 1997. A reassessment of Eunotosaurus africanus Seeley (Amniota: Parareptilia). Palaeontologia Africana, 34: 33–42.

Gow, C.E., and de Klerk, B. 1997. First record of Eunotosaurus (Amniota: Parareptilia) from the Eastern Cape. Palaeontologia Africana, 34: 27–31.

Modesto, S.P. 2000. Eunotosaurus africanus and the Gondwanan ancestry of anapsid reptiles. Palaeontologia Africana, 36: 15–20.

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