Name: Varanosaurus ‭(‬Varan lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Vah-ran-o-sore-us.
Named By: F.‭ ‬broili‭ ‬-‭ ‬1904.
Synonyms: Poecilospondylus francisi,‭ ‬Varanosaurus wichitaensis.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Pelycosauria,‭ ‬Varanopidae,‭ ‬Varanodontinae.
Species: V.‭ ‬acutirostris‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬14‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬total body length somewhere between‭ ‬1‭ ‬and‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Texas‭ ‬-‭ ‬Arroyo Formation.
Time period: Kungurian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Partial remains including the skull.

       Varanosaurus is a genus of pelycosaur that live in the southern USA during the Permian.‭ ‬Care should be taken not to confuse‭ ‬Varanosaurus with two very similar pelycosaurs named Varanops and Varanodon.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Permische Stegocephalen und Reptilien aus Texas.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontographica‭ ‬51:1-120‭ ‬-‭ ‬F.‭ ‬broili‭ ‬-‭ ‬1904.


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