Garjainia

Name: Garjainia.
Phonetic: Gar-jay-ne-ah.
Named By: Ochev‭ ‬-‭ ‬1958
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Diapsida,‭ ‬Archosauromorpha,‭ ‬Erythrosuchidae.
Species: G.‭ ‬prima‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬madiba,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬triplicostata.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Large individuals up to‭ ‬2‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Russia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Petropavlovka Formation.‭ ‬South Africa‭ ‬-‭ ‬Burgersdorp Formation.
Time period: Olenekian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Fossils of many individuals.

       Garjainia is a close relative of the more famous Erythrosuchus,‭ ‬and like that genus,‭ ‬Garjainia also had what appeared to be an oversized head.‭ ‬This head,‭ ‬filled with numerous sharp teeth would have been the primary killing weapon against the herbivorous animals of the time.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A New Species of Garjainia Ochev,‭ ‬1958‭ (‬Diapsida:‭ ‬Archosauriformes:‭ ‬Erythrosuchidae‭) ‬from the Early Triassic of South Africa.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLOS ONE.‭ ‬-‭ ‬David Gower,‭ ‬John P.‭ ‬Hancox,‭ ‬Jennifer Botha-Brink,‭ ‬Andrey G.‭ ‬Sennikov‭ & ‬Richard J.‭ ‬Butler‭ ‬-‭ ‬2014.



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