Name: Bulbasaurus ‭(‬bulbous lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Bul-bah-sor-us.
Named By: C.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Kammerer‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Smith‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Dicynodontia,‭ ‬Geikiidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬phylloxyron‭ (‬type
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Larger skulls up to‭ ‬16‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Teekloof Formation.
Time period: Late Permian.
Fossil representation: Skulls.‭ ‬Partial remains of the post cranial skeleton.

       The type fossil of Bulbasaurus was originally assigned to the Tropidostoma genus of dicynodont,‭ ‬but later analysis‭ ‬revealed it to actually be distinct enough to warrant the creation of a new genus for it.‭ ‬The new genus name Bulbasaurus is a reference to the two boss‭ (‬round bony growth‭) ‬like growths of the nasal bones that bulge out.‭ ‬In life a hard and sharp keratinous beak would have grown around the‭ ‬tips of the upper and lower jaws and been used for shearing through plants.
       Bulbasaurus is noted for having a lot of similarities to the genus Aulacephalodon,‭ ‬yet Bulbasaurus may turn out to be a more primitive overall form.

Further reading
-‭ ‬An early geikiid dicynodont from the Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone‭ (‬late Permian‭) ‬of South Africa.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PeerJ‭ ‬5‭(‬e2913‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Kammerer‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Smith‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.


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