|Named By:||David M. S. Watson in 1914|
|Time Period:||Capitanian, 265-260 Ma|
|Location:||South Africa - Abrahamskraal Formation|
|Size:||Between 2.5 to 3 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||Remains of many individuals|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Anapsida | Procolophonia | Pareiasauridae | Bradysaurinae ||
|Also known as:||| Bradysaurus vanderbyli | Platyoropha broomi ||
Bradysaurus was a large, early and common pareiasaur, the fossils of which are known from the Tapinocephalus Assemblage Zone (Capitanian age) of the South African Karoo. Along with the similarly large dinocephalia, the bradysaurs constituted the herbivorous megafauna of the late Middle Permian Period. In life they were probably slow, clumsy and inoffensive animals, that had evolved a covering of armoured scutes to protect them against their predators, the gorgonopsians.