Eocyclotosaurus

Name: Eocyclotosaurus ‭(‬dawn round eared lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: E-o-cy-clot-o-sore-us.
Named By: Ortlam‭ ‬-‭ ‬1970.
Synonyms: Moenkopisaurus,‭ ‬Stenotosaurus lehmani.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Amphibia,‭ ‬Temnospondyli,‭ ‬Mastodonsauroidea,‭ ‬Heylerosauridae.
Species: E.‭ ‬woschmidti‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬appetolatus,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬lehmani,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬appetolatus.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Skull‭ ‬22‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬total body length about‭ ‬1‭ ‬meter long.
Known locations: England‭ ‬-‭ ‬Otter Sandstone Formation.‭ ‬USA,‭ ‬Arizona‭ ‬-‭ ‬Moenkopi Formation‭ (‬Holbrook Member‭)‬.
Time period: Anisian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: At least one skull.

       Eocyclotosaurus is a genus of amphibian predator that lived in both North America and the‭ ‬British‭ ‬Isles during the early Triassic.‭ ‬With a long snout and a mouth full of sharp teeth,‭ ‬Eocyclotosaurus would have hunted for fish and small amphibians in the water.‭ ‬Eocyclotosaurus directly translates as‭ ‘‬dawn rounded eared lizard‭’‬,‭ ‬however this is also a reference to the similar genus Cyclotosaurus that lived later in the Triassic.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The status and osteology of two new cyclotosaurid amphibians from the Upper Moenkopi Formation of Arizona‭ (‬Amphibia:‭ ‬Temnospondyli‭; ‬Middle Triassic‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Abhandlungen‭ ‬216‭(‬3‭)‬:387-411.‭ ‬-‭ ‬R.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Schoch‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.



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