Saturday, 23 November 2013

Pareiasaurus serridens

Of the many species of Pareiasaurus that have been described, only P. serridens is firmly recognized today, as the others are either considered synonyms or have been transferred into different genera. Pareiasaurus is one of the latest pareiasaurs, a group of large plant eaters that was dominating the end of the Permian period, with a well developed armor consisting of many osteoderms.

Pareiasaurus serridens
Owen, 1876
Length: 2.5 m
Complete skeleton
Age and Distribution
Upper Permian Daptocephalus zone, Karoo basin, South Africa.
Anapsida Hallucicrania Pareiasauria
Further Reading
R. Broom. 1913. A revision of the reptiles of the Karroo. Annals of the South African Museum 7(6):361-366.
Propappus serridens (Owen, 1876), Propappus omocratus Seeley, 1888, Pareiasaurus omocratus (Seeley, 1888), Pareiasaurus minor Seeley, 1892, Anthodon gregoryi Broom, 1930, Propappus rogersi Broom, 1912, Brachypareia rogersi (Broom, 1912), Bradysaurus rogersi (Broom, 1912), Pareiasaurus pinnatus Olson & Broom, 1937, Pareiasaurus rubidgei Broom, 1940, Anthodon nesemanni Broom, 1940
Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
Pareiasaurus serridens:

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