Named By: Jennifer A. Clack - 1998.
Classification: Chordata, Tetrapoda, Loxommatidae.
Species: E. melanolimnetes.
Size: 25 centimeters long.
Known locations: Scotland.
Time period: Visean of the Carboniferous.
Fossil representation: Partial skeleton.
The discoverer had a bit of fun with this as Eucritta melanolimnetes translates to ‘creature from the black lagoon’. Unlike its more famous Hollywood name sake who was depicted as a humanoid, Eucritta was a tiny predator that hunted insects. Eucritta superficially seems to be like other primitive amphibians but has also developed a palate, a reptilian characteristic. This mix of characteristics makes determining Eucritta’s phylogenetic position awkward.