Milleretta

Name: Milleretta‭ (‬Miller's little one‭).
Phonetic: Mill-eh-ret-ah.
Named By: Robert Broom‭ ‬-‭ ‬1938.
Classification: Chordata, ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Anapsida,‭ ‬Millerettidae.
Species: M.‭ ‬rubidgei.
Type: Insectivore.
Size: 60‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Late Permian.
Fossil representation: One fossil specimen.

       The superficial morphology of Milleretta is that of a modern lizard with an array of sharp teeth suited for work on insects.‭ ‬Milleretta is considered an anapsid on the basis that the skull has no openings behind the eye socket.‭ ‬Early study of the skull did reveal two depressions at the back of the skull that caused some doubt to this classification,‭ ‬but further study has revealed that they were likely there to accommodate eardrums.‭ ‬This in turn has led to speculation that Milleretta had very good hearing and possibly used this to locate its prey.‭

Further reading
- A note on the postcranial skeleton of Milleretta (Amniota: Parareptilia). - Chris E. Gow - 1997.



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