Named By: Robert Broom - 1907.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Anomodontia.
Species: G. scholtzi (type), G. whaitsi.
Size: About 30 centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa - Abrahamskraal Formation.
Time period: Capitanian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Several individuals.
Usually identified as an anomodont, Galechirus has also been considered by some to possibly represent a dicynodont. In general appearance, Galechirus seems to have looked more like a regular lizard than your typical therapsid, which may indicate the Galechirus genus was a late surviving primitive form.
- On Some New Fossil Reptiles from the Karroo Beds of Victoria West, South Africa. - Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 18:31-42. - Robert Broom - 1907.