|Lystrosaurus hedini skeleton exposed at the Natural history museum of Zürich|
|Unrecognized taxon ():||Lystrosaurus|
Lystrosaurus survived the Permian-Triassic extinction event, 252 million years ago. In the Lower Triassic, they were the most common terrestrial vertebrates. In some fossil beds they make up as many as 95% of the individuals. Researchers have offered various ideas for why they survived the extinction and thrived in the early Triassic.
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- Cluver, Michael Albert (1978). Fossil reptiles of the South African Karoo. The South African Museum. ISBN 9780908407583.
- Damiani R.J.; Neveling J.; Modesto S.P. & Yates A.M. (2004). "Barendskraal, a diverse amniote locality from the Lystrosaurus assemblage zone, Early Triassic of South Africa". Palaeontologia Africana. 39: 53–62.