Named By: A. L. Panchen - 1970.
Synonyms: Palaeogyrinus decorus.
Classification: Chordata, Amphibia.
Species: P. decorus (type).
Size: Skull about 17 centimetres long. Body roughly estimated to roughly be about 2 meters long.
Known locations: Scotland.
Time period: Moscovian of the Carboniferous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.
Palaeoherpeton was originally named as Palaeogyrinus in 1926, but was renamed as Palaeoherpeton in 1970. Palaeoherpeton was a medium sized predator that would have hunted in the Carboniferous coal swamps of Scotland.
- Croonian lecture.—The evolution and origin of the Amphibia. - Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 214:189-257. - D. M. S. Watson - 1926.
- Handbuch der Palaoherpetologie / Encyclopedia of Paleoherpetology Teil 5 / Part 5 Batrachosauria Teil A / Part A Anthracosauria. 1-84. - A. L. Panchen - 1970.