Temporal range: Late Carboniferous to Early Permian
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Edaphosaurus was a pelycosaur (early mammal-like reptile) that lived during the late Carboniferous and early Permian Period. It was a herbivorous relative of another pelycosaur, the well-known Dimetrodon, and like synapsid had a large, thermal regulating sail on its back. Fossils of Edaphosaurus have been found in Europe and North America.
Edaphosaurus was about 11 feet long and weighed more than 600 pounds. It was slightly taller and stockier than Dimetrodon, but like its pelycosaur relatives had a small head and a long tail.
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