Named By: Robert Broom - 1923.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Therapsida, Biarmosuchia, Burnetiidae.
Species: B. mirabilis (type).
Size: Skull about 20 centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa, Eastern Cape - Balfour Formation.
Time period: Changhsingian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: A partial skull that has been distorted by compression.
Burnetia is a genus of biarmosuchian therapsid that is still only known form a single skull that has been heavily compressed. The level of distortion in this skull makes it much more difficult to interpret specific features, though like with many of its relative genera, Burnetia appears to have had many boss-like projections upon its skull.
- On the structure of the skull in the carnivorous dinocephalian reptiles. - Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 2:661–684. - Robert Broom - 1923.
- On the cranial morphology of the basal therapsids Burnetia and Proburnetia (Therapsida: Burnetiidae) - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22 (2): 257–267 - B. S. Rudbridge & C. A. Sidor - 2002.