Name: Tseajaia ‭(‬Rock heart‭)‬.
Phonetic: See-hy-ah.
Named By: P.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Vaughn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1964‭ ‬-‭ ‬1964.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptiliomorpha,‭ ‬Diadectomorpha,‭ ‬Tseajaiidae.
Species: T.‭ ‬campi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain,‭ ‬possibly an omnivore or herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬90‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Utah‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cutler Formation.
Time period: Sakmarian to the Roadian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Single individual.

       An otherwise unassuming little reptilomorph,‭ ‬the presence of Tseajaia in the earlier half of the Permian period is at least proof that some reptilomorphs made it this far in Earth’s history.‭ ‬The teeth of Tseajaia are notably blunt which has led to the idea that Tseajaia may have been slightly if not exclusively herbivorous.‭ ‬This is not that unusual as even though some reptilomorphs like Seymouria were carnivorous,‭ ‬others like Diadectes were herbivorous.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Vertebrates from the Organ Rock Shale of the Cutler Group,‭ ‬Permian of Monument Valley and Vicinity,‭ ‬Utah and Arizona.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Paleontology,‭ ‬v.‭ ‬38,‭ ‬n.‭ ‬3,‭ ‬p.‭ ‬567-583.-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Vaughn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1964.
-‭ ‬The morphology and phylogenetic relationships of the Lower Permian tetrapod Tseajaia campi Vaughn‭ (‬Amphibia:‭ ‬Seymouriamorpha‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬University of California Publications in Geological Sciences,‭ ‬vol‭ ‬98,‭ ‬pp‭ ‬1-72.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Moss‭ ‬-‭ ‬1972.


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