Proterogyrinus - Wiki
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
[Photo] Proterogyrinus - reconstruction autor - Bogdanov email@example.com
Fossil range: Carboniferous
Proterogyrinus was an anthracosaur which lived in the Carboniferous period.
Its name is Greek for "earlier tadpole".
During the Late Carboniferous period(323 - 290 million years ago), the amphibians were an exciting and diverse group of animals that had come to dominate the waterlogged forest world. Proterogyrinus was one of the largest amphibians, and was perfectly adapted for life in the swamps. It was a top predator that hunted both on land and in the water. Its powerful jaws had sharp teeth could handle animals that were quite large, such as fish, reptiles, and other amphibians.
Most Carboniferous amphibians were good swimmers and could move fast through the rivers, lakes, and bogs surrounding the lowland forests, but also could walk on land like some amphibians today. Many species either stayed in the water at all times or could only wriggle through the mud on the banks; few (including Proterogyrinus) ventured further into the forest.
In popular culture
Proterogyrinus also appeared in Walking with Monsters. It was shown acting like a crocodile; basking on the shorelines and leaping out of the water similar to modern alligators to catch a Meganeura. In the episode, it fought an Arthropleura and won when the Arthopleura came down from rearing and impaled itself on a bush stump.
|The text in this page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article shown in above URL. It is used under the GNU Free Documentation License. You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the GFDL.|