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Article: Broomia, the oldest known millerettid reptile

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 24
Part: 2
Publication Date: May 1981
Page(s): 379 390
Author(s): H. Thommasen and R. L. Carroll
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THOMMASEN, H., CARROLL, R. L. 1981. Broomia, the oldest known millerettid reptile. Palaeontology24, 2, 379–390.

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Broomia perplexa is a primitive sauropsid reptile from the Middle Permian of South Africa. Preparation of the type specimen indicates that Watson's original description was in error in describing features of palate, carpus, and tarsus that appeared to distinguish the specimen from other primitive reptiles. Broomia is a millerettid, apparently descended directly from the romeriid captorhinomorphs. It is considerably older than other millerettids, and so is of considerable evolutionary and taxononnc importance.
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