Name: Niaftasuchus ‭(‬Niafta crocodile‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ne-af-tah-soo-kus.
Named By: M.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ivakhnenko‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Therapsida,‭ ‬Biarmosuchian,‭ ‬Niaftasuchidae.
Species: N.‭ ‬zekkeli‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull reconstructed to be about nine centimetres long.‭
Known locations: Russia,‭ ‬Arkhangelsk Oblast.
Time period: Wordian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.

       Niaftasuchus is a genus of biarmosuchian therapsid that lived in Russia during‭ ‬the mid/late Permian.‭ ‬At the time of writing Niaftasuchus is only known from a partial skull,‭ ‬but as a biarmosuchian,‭ ‬Niaftasuchus would be expected to have been a predator.‭ ‬Given the small size‭ ‬of the skull,‭ ‬Niaftasuchus would have probably been a predator of smaller animals.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The late Paleozoic faunal assemblage of tetrapods from deposits of the Mezen‭ ‬River Basin.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Paleontological Journal‭ ‬24:76‭–‬84.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Ivakhnenko‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990.


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