(small face lizard).
Named By: Sidney H. Houghton - 1925.
Classification: Chordata, Amphibia, Temnospondyli, Stereospondyli, Trematosauridae, Trematosaurinae.
Species: M. casei (type), M. averyi.
Known locations: Australia - Ashfield Shale Formation. South Africa - Burgersdorp Formation.
Time period: Anisian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skulls and post cranial remains.
Microposaurus is a genus of stereospondyl amphibian that lived during the early Triassic. For a long time Microposaurus fossils were only known from South Africa, but in 2012 a description of Microposaurus fossils from Australia was published. This also saw the creation of a second Microposaurus species, M. averyi. Fossil remains from Jordan have also been interpreted as being very similar to the known remains of Microposaurus.
- Investigations in South African fossil reptiles and amphibians (Part 13). Annals of the South African Museum 22:227-261 - Sidney H. Houghton - 1925.
- Cranial anatomy and relationships of Microposaurus casei, a temnospondyl from the MiddleTriassic of South Africa - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 24(3): 533–541 - Ross Damani - 2004.
- A trematosauroid temnospondyl from the Middle Triassic of Jordan - Fossil Record 14 (2): 119–127 - R. R. Schoch - 2011.
- The South African stereospondyl Microposaurus from the Middle Triassic of the Sydney Basin, Australia. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(3):538-544 - A. Warren - 2012.