Monday, 25 November 2013

Paraburnetia sneeubergensis

This burnetiamorph from the late Permian of South Africa is very similar to the Russian Proburnetia, indicating that north-south interchange was common during the Late Permian and that burnetiamorphs had a pangean distribution.

Paraburnetia sneeubergensis
Smith, Rubidge and Sidor, 2006
Meaning of generic name
Near "Burnetia"

[or beside "Burnetia"]
Skull length: 17.5 cm, Length: ? 1.2 m
Holotype (SAM-PK-K10037): complete skull with lower jaw.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Lowermost Cistecephalus Assemblage Zone (Teekloof Formation, Beaufort Group), Upper Permian (Wuchiapingian)

Type locality: Walplaas farm, Aberdeen District, South Africa.
Synapsida Therapsida Biarmosuchia Burnetiamorpha Burnetiidae
Further Reading
Smith, R. M. H., Rubidge, B. S. & Sidor, C. A. 2006: A new burnetiid (Therapsida: Biarmosuchia) from the Upper Permian of South Africa and its biogeographic implications. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: Vol. 26 (2), pp. 331-343.

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