Named By: Broom and Robinson - 1948.
Synonyms: Nanoparia pricei, Pareiasaurus pricei.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Procolophonomorpha, Pareiasauridae, Pumiliopareiasauria.
Species: P. pricei (type).
Size: Total length about 50 centimetres long, skull 12 centimetres long.
Known locations: South Africa.
Time period: Permian.
Fossil representation: Almost complete individual including osteoderm armour.
Pumiliopareia was a fairly small parieasaur though one that was not completely defenceless. The skin of Pumiliopareia was the housing for a multitude of osteoderm armour, though bony plates that floated within the skin that could stop the teeth and claws of most predators.
- A taxonomic revision of pareiasaurian reptiles: implications for Permian terrestrial paleoecology. - Modern Geology 21:231-298. - M. S. Y. Lee - 1997.