Diplocaulus

Name: Diplocaulus‭ (‬Double stalk‭)‬.
Phonetic: Dip-low-cawl-us.
Named By: Cope‭ ‬-‭ ‬1882.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Amphibia,‭ ‬Lepospondyli,‭ ‬Nectridea,‭ ‬Keraterpetontidae.
Species: D.‭ ‬salamandroides,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬magnicornis.
Type: Carnivore/piscivore.
Size: 1‭ ‬meter long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Texas.
Time period: Permian.
Fossil representation: Several Specimens.

       The unusual boomerang shape of the head has been a source of interest ever since its discovery.‭ ‬The two main theories are that it either functioned as a hydrofoil allowing it to move in strong currents,‭ ‬or that it made it impossible for other predators to swallow. It may have course been a form of recognition between members of the same species.



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