Named By: Ochev - 1958
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Diapsida, Archosauromorpha, Erythrosuchidae.
Species: G. prima (type), G. madiba, G. triplicostata.
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.
- 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.