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Diadectes absitus (fossil amphibian) (Tambach Formation, Lower Permian; Bromacker Quarry, Thuringia, Germany) 1 | by James St. John
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Diadectes absitus (fossil amphibian) (Tambach Formation, Lower Permian; Bromacker Quarry, Thuringia, Germany) 1

Diadectes absitus Berman et al., 1998 - fossil amphibian skeleton from the Permian of Germany. (public display, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

 

This fossil has been called an amphibian, a reptile, or a reptile-like amphibian. There are so many transitional amphibian-reptile fossils in the Late Paleozoic that paleontologists don't know where amphibians stop and reptiles start.

 

Classification: Animalia, Chordata, Vertebrata, Tetrapoda, Amphibia, Diadectomorpha, Diadectidae

 

Stratigraphy: Tambach Formation, Lower Permian

 

Locality: Bromacker Quarry, Thuringia, Germany

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See info. at:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diadectes

 

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Taken on January 30, 2011