Pteroplax

Name: Pteroplax ‭(‬finned tablet‭)‬.
Phonetic: ‭T‬eh-roe-plaks.
Named By: A.‭ ‬Hancock‭ & ‬T.‭ ‬Atthby‭ ‬-‭ ‬1868.
Synonyms: Pteroplax cornuta,‭ ‬Megalocephalus pachycephalus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptiliomorpha,‭ ‬Anthracosauria,‭ ‬Embolomeri,‭ ‬Eogyrinidae.
Species: P.‭ ‬cornutus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬20‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬total body length about‭ ‬2‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: England.
Time period: Westphalian of the Carboniferous.
Fossil representation: Several individuals.

       Pteroplax was an eogyrinid reptiliomorph that lived in England during the Carboniferous period.‭ ‬Like relative genera,‭ ‬Pteroplax had an elongated narrow body with reduced limbs.‭ ‬This kind of body enabled Pteroplax to squeeze in‭ ‬between tight spaces and obstacles to hunt down prey such as fish and small amphibians.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Notes on the remains of some reptiles and fishes from the shales of the Northumberland coal field:‭ ‬Annals and Magazine of Natural History,‭ ‬4th series,‭ ‬n.‭ ‬1,‭ ‬p.‭ ‬266-278,‭ ‬346-378.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Hancock‭ & ‬T.‭ ‬Atthby‭ ‬-‭ ‬1868.
-‭ ‬The axial skeleton of the Carboniferous amphibian,‭ ‬Pteroplax cornutus.‭ ‬Palaeontology,‭ ‬23‭ (‬2‭)‬,‭ ‬273-285.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Boyd‭ ‬-‭ ‬1980a.



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