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Temporal range: Middle Carboniferous
Greererpeton BW.jpg
Life restoration of Greererpeton burkemorani
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Family: Colosteidae
Cope, 1875

The Colosteidae are a family of labyrinthodont amphibians that lived in the Carboniferous period.[1] They appear to be a fairly primitive group, a sister group to the reptile-like amphibians and the other temnospondylans.[2]


  1. ^ John R. Bolt and R. Eric Lombard (2010). "Deltaherpeton hiemstrae, a New Colosteid Tetrapod from the Mississippian of Iowa". Journal of Paleontology 84 (6): 1135–1151. doi:10.1666/10-020.1. 
  2. ^ Sigurdsen T, Green DM (2011). "The origin of modern amphibians: a re-evaluation". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 162 (2): 457–469. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2010.00683.x.