Fedexia

Name: Fedexia‭ (‬After the Federal Express Company‭)‬.
Phonetic: Fed-ex-ee-ah.
Named By: Berman et al‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Tetrapoda,‭ ‬Amphibia,‭ ‬Temnospondyli,‭ ‬Euskelia,‭ ‬Dissorophoidea,‭ ‬Trematopidae.
Species: F.‭ ‬striegeli‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Type: Carnivore.
Size: Total size is uncertain due to insufficient remains,‭ ‬but estimates place it at around‭ ‬60‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Skull length is‭ ‬11.5‭ ‬centimetres.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Pennsylvania,‭ ‬Casselman Formation,‭ ‬Pittsburgh.
Time period: Gzhelian of the Carboniferous.
Fossil representation: Single but well preserved skull.

       Fedexia was discovered in‭ ‬2004‭ ‬by Adam Striegal,‭ ‬a university student at the time.‭ ‬It acquired its name because the land it was discovered on was owned by the FedEx Corporation.‭ ‬When first examined,‭ ‬Fedexia was mistaken for a fern because of the arrangement of teeth.‭ ‬Study by Charles Jones,‭ ‬the class lecturer,‭ ‬revealed it to be a skull.
       In life Fedexia was a carnivorous amphibian,‭ ‬often regaled as being like a salamander.‭ ‬It had two large palatal tusks that would have been quite effective at pinning prey in its mouth.‭ ‬Prey was likely to include anything from smaller amphibians to large insects.‭ ‬Study of the fossil site suggests that Fedexia lived in a freshwater environment such as a lake,‭ ‬but is still envisioned as a primarily terrestrial creature.



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