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Proburnetia viatkensis

This primitive carnivorous therapsid is characterized by bumps on the nose, above the eyes and at the back of the head. It is known from a single skull mold from the Late Permian of Russia.


Proburnetia viatkensis


Tatarinov, 1968

Meaning of the generic name

Before "Burnetia"


Skull length: 20 cm, Length: ? 1.5 m


Holotype (PIN 2416/1): mold of most of the skull and lower jaws.

Age and Distribution

Horizon: Severodvinskian horizon, Upper Permian  (Late Tatarian, ?Capitanian)
Type locality:
Vyatka River Basin, Kotel’nich District, Kirov Province, Russia.


Synapsida Therapsida Biarmosuchia Burnetiamorpha Burnetiidae

  Further Reading

  Tatarinov, L. P. 1968. Novye teriodonty iz verknei Permi SSSR (New theriodonts from the Upper Permian of the USSR);. pp. 32–46 in Verkhnepaleozoiskie i Mezsozoiskie zemnovodyne i presmykayushchiesya SSSR (Upper Paleozoic and Mesozoic Amphibians and Reptiles of the USSR), Nauka, Moscow. [Russian].
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. 



Life restoration of Proburnetia viatkensis (© N. Tamura)

Line drawing of the holotype skull (PIN 2416/1) of Proburnetia viatkensis. From Rubidge and Sidor, 2002. Scale bar is 2 cm.