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Temporal range: Late Carboniferous
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lepospondyli
Order: Nectridea
Family: Keraterpetontidae
Genus: Diceratosaurus
Jaekel, 1903
  • D. brevirostris (Cope, 1874)

Diceratosaurus is an extinct genus of nectridean lepospondyl within the family Keraterpetontidae. Fossils of Diceratosaurus were first described by Edward Drinker Cope in 1874.[1] The species D. brevirostris is well known from Jefferson County, Ohio, with approximately 50 specimens having been collected from the Ohio Diamond Coal Mine. The mine was situated in the village of Linton, which became obscure soon after operations were completed and the mine closed in 1921.[2]

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  1. ^ Cope, E. D. (1874). "Supplement to the extinct Batrachia and Reptilia of North America. I. Catalogue of the air-breathing Vertebrata from the Coal Measures of Linton, Ohio". Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. 15: 261–278. 
  2. ^ Hook, R. W.; Baird, D. (1986). "The Diamond Coal Mine of Linton, Ohio, and its Pennsylvanian-Age vertebrates". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 6 (2): 174–190. doi:10.1080/02724634.1986.10011609.