Temporal range: Blancan to Irvingtonian
|P. novaceki and Phrynosoma anzaense|
It is currently known from a partially crushed skull. Features of the skull show both basal iguanian features, and characters very similar to the extant Iguana, suggesting that the living animal may have resembled a juvenile Green iguana.
The genus name, Pumila, means "diminutive" in Latin, in reference to how the living animal would have resembled a very small iguana. The specific name honors Michael J. Novacek, a colleague and friend of the describer, Mark Norell.
- Norell, Mark (December 19, 1989), "Late Cenozoic Lizards of the Anza Borrego Desert, California" Contributions in Science, No. 414, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA
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