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A large, extinct, herbivorous reptile of the genus Pareiasaurus or family Pareiasauridae, known from late Permian fossil remains found in Eurasia and Africa and having a body armoured with bony scales.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Ray Lankester (1847–1929), zoologist. From scientific Latin Pareiasauria, suborder name from Pareiasaurus, genus name + -ia.
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