The cow-sized specimen named Bunostegos, which means knobby roof roamed isolated desert about 260 million years ago. New fossils from northern Niger in Africa were described in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bunostegos means knobby roof.
The distinctive creature belongs to a new genus of pareiasaur - plant-eating creatures that existed during the Permian period. During Permian times, a single supercontinent called Pangaea dominated the Earth.
Animal and plant life was distributed across the land. There was an isolated desert in the middle of Pangaea with distinctive animals according to a new research. Most pareiasaurs had bony knobs on their skulls, but Bunostegos had the largest.
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