Diplocaulus

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Diplocaulus
Temporal range: Early to Late Permian
Diplocaulus magnicornus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lepospondyli
Order: Nectridea
Family: Keraterpetontidae
Genus: Diplocaulus
Species
  • D. salamandroides (type)
  • D. magnicornis

Diplocaulus (meaning "double stalk") was not a dinosaur but an early amphibian, now extinct. It was distinguished by its boomerang-shaped head which was formed by two elongated bones at the back of the head. It had four short legs, and a short, flattened tail. It was about 3 feet (1 m) long.[1]

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References[change | edit source]

  1. Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 55. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.

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