Name: Burnetia.
Phonetic: Bur-net-e-ah.
Named By: Robert Broom‭ ‬-‭ ‬1923.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Biarmosuchia,‭ ‬Burnetiidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬mirabilis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬20‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa,‭ ‬Eastern Cape‭ ‬-‭ ‬Balfour Formation.
Time period: Changhsingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: A partial skull that has been distorted by compression.

       Burnetia is a genus of biarmosuchian therapsid that is still only known form a single skull that has been heavily compressed.‭ ‬The level of distortion in this skull makes it much more difficult to interpret specific features,‭ ‬though like with many of its relative genera,‭ ‬Burnetia appears to have had many boss-like projections upon its skull.

Further reading
-‭ ‬On the structure of the skull in the carnivorous dinocephalian reptiles.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London‭ ‬2:661‭–‬684.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Robert Broom‭ ‬-‭ ‬1923.
-‭ ‬On the cranial morphology of the basal therapsids Burnetia and Proburnetia‭ (‬Therapsida:‭ ‬Burnetiidae‭) ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology‭ ‬22‭ (‬2‭)‬:‭ ‬257‭–‬267‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Rudbridge‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sidor‭ ‬-‭ ‬2002.


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