Belebey

Name: Belebey ‭(‬named after the location where the first fossils were found‭)‬.
Phonetic: Bel-e-be.
Named By: Ivakhnenko‭ ‬-‭ ‬1973.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Parareptilia,‭ ‬Bolosauridae.
Species: B.‭ ‬vegrandis‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬augustodunensis,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬chengi,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬maximi.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: From‭ ‬35‭ ‬to up to‭ ‬60‭ ‬centimetres long depending upon the species.
Known locations: France,‭ ‬China and Russia.
Time period: Asselian to Guadalupian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Many individuals,‭ ‬some almost complete.

       Belebey were bolosaurid parareptiles that lived during the early and mid stages of the Permian.‭ ‬Like other members of the Bolosauridae,‭ ‬Belebey were probably herbivores given that their teeth were most suited to processing plants.‭ ‬The type species of the genus‭ ‬from Russia,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬vegrandis could grow to around thirty-five centimetres long,‭ ‬but B.‭ ‬chengi from China may have been up to sixty centimetres long,‭ ‬though this species has only been described from the dentary‭ (‬lower jaw‭)‬.‭ ‬At the time of writing the most recent species to be described was B.‭ ‬augustodunensis from France.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new bolosaurid parareptile,‭ ‬Belebey chengi sp.‭ ‬nov.,‭ ‬from the Middle Permian of China and its paleogeographic significance,‭ ‬Johannes Müller,‭ ‬Jin-Ling Li‭ & ‬Robert R.‭ ‬Reisz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
-‭ ‬First evidence of a bolosaurid parareptile in France‭ (‬latest Carboniferous-earliest Permian of the Autun basin‭) ‬and the spatiotemporal distribution of the Bolosauridae,‭ ‬Jocelyn Falconnet‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.



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