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Meaning Of Name: Reptile from Mezen
Classification: PELYCOSAURIA; Family Varanopidae
Age: Later Permian, Zone II, 250 million years ago
Locality: Mesen River, Northern part of European Russia
Cast Size: 37cm in length

This small, insectivorous reptile is assigned to the synapsid eupelycosaurian family Varanopseidae. Varanopseidae has a long fossil record, extending from the end of the Carboniferous to well into the Late Permian, and the widest geographical distribution, including North America , South Africa and Russia .

Mesenosaurus was found in red clays deposited in an ancient lake in what is now northern Russia.