Karaurus

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Karaurus
Temporal range: Late Jurassic Oxfordian–Kimmeridgian
Karaurus sharovi skeleton 34.JPG
Fossil skeleton
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Family: Karauridae
Genus: Karaurus
Species: K. sharovi
Binomial name
Karaurus sharovi
Life restoration of Karaurus sharovi

Karaurus (meaning head-tail) is an extinct genus of salamander-like amphibian from the Late Jurassic (Oxfordian - Kimmeridgian) Karabastau Svita of Kazakhstan. It is one of the oldest salamanders known.

Karaurus was about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) long, and very similar anatomically to modern salamanders. It probably swam through fresh water feeding on aquatic snails, worms, crustaceans and insects.[1]

References[edit]

  • Parker, Steve. Dinosaurus: the complete guide to dinosaurs. Firefly Books Inc, 2003. Pg. 87
  1. ^ Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 57. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.