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Temporal range: Early to Late Permian
Diplocaulus magnicornus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lepospondyli
Order: †Nectridea
Family: †Keraterpetontidae
Genus: Diplocaulus
  • D. salamandroides (type)
  • D. magnicornis

Diplocaulus (meaning "double stalk") was not a dinosaur but an early amphibian, now extinct. It was distinguished by its boomerang-shaped head which was formed by two elongated bones at the back of the head. It had four short legs, and a short, flattened tail. It was about 3 feet (1 m) long.


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