Saturday, 23 November 2013

Sauropareion anoplus

This procolophonid from South Africa differs from the others by the absence of the prominent cheek bones that characterize many members of the group.

Sauropareion anoplus
Modesto, Sues and Damiani, 2001
Meaning of generic name
Greek words sauros and pareion, meaning 'lizard' and 'cheek'
Skull length: 35 mm, Length: 30 cm
Holotype (SAM-PK-11192): Partial skull with mandible, cervical vertebrae, and few other bones.
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Palingkloof Member of the Balfour Formation, Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zone of the Beaufort Group, lowermost Triassic of South Africa.

Locality: Barendskraal farm, Middelburg District, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Anapsida Procolomorpha Procolophonoidea Owenettidae
Further Reading
S. P. Modesto, H.-D. Sues, and R. Damiani. 2001. A new Triassic procolophonoid reptile and its implications for procolophonoid survivorship during the Permo-Triassic extinction event. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 268:2047-2052.

Modesto, S. P. and Damiani, R. 2007. The procolophonoid reptile Sauropareion anoplus from the lowermost Triassic of South Africa. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(2):337-349.

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