Shihtienfenia

Name: Shihtienfenia ‭(‬Shihtienfeng being‭)‬.
Phonetic: She-te-en-fe-e-ah.
Named By: C.-C.‭ ‬Young and H.-K.‭ ‬Yeh‭ ‬-‭ ‬1963.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Anapsida,‭ ‬Procolophonia,‭ ‬Pareiasauridea,‭ ‬Pareiasauridae,‭ ‬Pareiasaurinae.
Species: S.‭ ‬permica‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Shansi Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Shihtienfeng Formation.
Time period: Wuchiapingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial remains.

       Shihtienfenia is one of the first pareiasaurs known from China,‭ ‬and one that raised a few eyebrows.‭ ‬Most known pareiasaurs have four sacral vertebrae‭ (‬the vertebrae that are housed within the pelvis‭)‬,‭ ‬but Shihtienfenia has six.‭ ‬Unfortunately the skull of Shihtienfenia is still unknown,‭ ‬so it is still uncertain what other differences may have been present.‭ ‬Shihtienfenia is named after the Shihtienfeng Formation where the first remains were discovered.

Further reading
-‭ ‬On a new Pareiasaur from the Upper Permian of Shansi,‭ ‬China‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.-C.‭ ‬Young and H.-K.‭ ‬Yeh‭ ‬-‭ ‬1963.



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