Named By: Watson - 1914.
Synonyms: Brachypareia watsoni, Bradysaurus strubeni, Bradysaurus watsoni, Dolichopareia angusta, Embrithosaurus angustus, Nochelesaurus angustus, Pareiasaurus bombidens.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Procolophonomorpha, Pareiasauridae.
Species: E. schwarzi (type), E. alexanderi, E. strubeni.
Size: Around 2 to 3 meters long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Capitanian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Remains of several individuals.
is a genus of pareiasaur that has a very close association with the
in fact one species, E. alexanderi has been
considered to be intermediate between Bradysaurus
and the type species
of Embrithosaurus, E. schwarzi.
Another species named E.
strubeni is established upon fossils that were originally
the type species of the genus Nochelosaurus.
Embrithosaurus is noted for having multicusped teeth, with those of the type species E. schwarzi having nine cusps each. These teeth would have been used to process the vegetation of the late Permian. Like other pareiasaurs, the body of Embrithosaurus, was armour plated with osteoderms, though in general the armour of Embrithosaurus was fairly light when compared with that of other pareiasaurs.