Eudibamus

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Eudibamus
Temporal range: Early Permian, 284–279.5Ma
Eudibamus BW.jpg
Life restoration of Eudibamus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Procolophonomorpha
Family: Bolosauridae
Genus: Eudibamus
Berman et al., 2000
Type species
Eudibamus cursoris
Berman et al., 2000

Eudibamus is an extinct genus of biped bolosaurid ankyramorph parareptile known from the Free State of Thuringia of central Germany.[1] It had a very small size reaching only 25 cm in length.[2]

Discovery[edit]

Eudibamus is known only from the holotype MNG 8852, an articulated and almost complete cranial and postcranial skeleton. It was collected from the uppermost part of the Tambach Formation, dating to the Artinskian stage of the Late Cisuralian Series (or alternatively upper Rotliegend), about 284-279.5 million years ago. It was found in the lowermost formational unit of the Upper Rotliegend Group or Series of the Bromacker Quarry, the middle part of the Thuringian Forest, near the village of Tambach-Dietharz. Eudibamus is claimed to be the first bipedal vertebrate.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Eudibamus was first named by David S. Berman, Robert R. Reisz, Diane Scott, Amy C. Henrici, Stuart S. Sumida and Thomas Martens in 2000 and the type species is Eudibamus cursoris. The specific name is derived from the Latin word "cursor," for "runner".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c David S. Berman, Robert R. Reisz, Diane Scott, Amy C. Henrici, Stuart S. Sumida and Thomas Martens (2000). "Early Permian Bipedal Reptile". Science 290 (5493): 969–972. doi:10.1126/science.290.5493.969. PMID 11062126. 
  2. ^ http://palaeos.com/vertebrates/anapsida/bolosauridae.html