Limnoscelis

Name: Limnoscelis ‭(‬marsh footed‭)‬.
Phonetic: Lim-no-sel-iss.
Named By: S.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Williston‭ ‬-‭ ‬1911.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Amphibia,‭ ‬Reptiliomorpha,‭ ‬Diadectomorpha,‭ ‬Limnoscelidae.
Species: L.‭ ‬paludis‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬dynatis.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Up to‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬New Mexico‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cutler Formation.
Time period: Late Carboniferous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete individuals.

       Limnoscelis is a genus of diadectomorph that lived in North America during the late Carboniferous period.‭ ‬Diadectomorphs‭ (‬there name taken from the genus Diadectes‭) ‬are often identified as being herbivorous,‭ ‬though Limnoscelis seems to be an exception to this with the dentition and body form of a primitive predator.‭ ‬Limnoscelis however was not a pursuit predator as the ankle bones of the feet were fused.‭ ‬This meant that the movement range of the legs was limited,‭ ‬restricting fast and agile movement,‭ ‬but it also means they were also very strong,‭ ‬meaning that Limnoscelis would have been better at holding on to larger slow moving prey.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new family of reptiles from the Permian of New Mexico.‭ ‬-‭ ‬The American Journal of Science,‭ ‬series‭ ‬4‭ ‬33:378-398.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Williston‭ ‬-‭ ‬1911.



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