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Metoposaurus
Fossil range: Late Triassic
Metoposaurus BW
Metoposaurus diagnosticus
Scientific classification

Class:

Amphibia

Order:

Temnospondyli

Family:

Metoposauridae

Genus:

Metoposaurus Lydekker, 1890

Species:

  • M. diagnosticus
  • M. bakeri?

Metoposaurus is an extinct genus of temnospondyl amphibian. The highly flattened creature was probably mostly aquatic, possessing small, weak limbs. Metoposaurus's main diet was fish which it captured with its wide jaws lined with needle teeth. A lot of Metoposaurus mass graves have been found, probably from creatures that grouped together in drying pools during drought. Metoposaurus was up to 3 m (10 ft) long and one of the last large amphibians. Still, the much larger Koolasuchus survived far into the Cretaceous.

GalleryEdit

Mantell's Iguanodon restoration

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