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meaning: "Shield lizard"
Named By: Amalitzky in 1922
Time Period: Lopingian, 254-252 Ma
Location: Russia
Size: 2.5 meters long
Diet: Herbivore
Fossil(s): Several complete skeletons along with other remains
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Sauropsida | Procolophonomorpha | Procolophonia | Pareiasauridae |

Scutosaurus ("Shield lizard") was a genus of parareptiles. It was an armor-covered pareiasaur that lived around 254-252 million years ago in Russia, in the later Permian period. Its genus name refers to large plates of armor scattered across its body. It was a large anapsid reptile that, unlike most reptiles, held its legs underneath its body to support its great weight.

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