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Cochleosaurus
Cochleosaurus(ArtistsReconstruction)-1
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia
Order Temnospondyli
Family Cochleosauridae
Genus Cochleosaurus
Conservation Status
EXSpecies
Extinct

Cochleosaurus is an extinct genus of tetrapod belonging to Temnospondyli, which lived during the late Carboniferous period, about 310 million years ago. The great abundance of its remains have been found in the Czech Republic, near Nyrany in Central Europe and in Nova Scotia in North America. It was a creature of medium size, measuring 120-160 centimeters. It is believed that Cochleosaurus was a semi-aquatic ambush predator, hunting like modern crocodiles. Czech paleontologist Antonin Fritsch named the genus in 1885 in reference to the spoon-shaped processes on the supra-occipital bones at the back of the skull.

There are two known species in the Cochleosaurus genus;

  • Cochleosaurus bohemicus
  • Cochleosaurus florensis
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