Name: Eucritta.
Phonetic: ‭Y‬ew-crit-tah.
Named By: Jennifer A.‭ ‬Clack‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Tetrapoda,‭ ‬Loxommatidae.
Species: E.‭ ‬melanolimnetes.
Diet: Insectivore.
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.


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