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Meaning Of Name: Guardian of the night
Classification: CAPTORHINIDA; Procolophonia; Family Nyctiphruretidae
Age: Late Permian, Zone II, 250 million years ago
Locality: Mesen River, Northern part of European Russia
Cast Size: 33cm in length

Represented is a skeleton of a small herbivorous reptile in the Parareptilia, a group thought ancestral to turtles.

Although in this ancestral group, Nyctiphruretus was quite unlike a turtle and probably far from the actual lineage of parareptiles that gave rise to them.

In the exhibition you will see a specimen of Nyetiphruretu s skeleton still encased in preserved lake sediments.