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Eryops megacephalus

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Eryops megacephalus

Eryops megacephalus was a giant amphibian that lived during the Permian period, around 280 million years ago. With a name that means "giant face," this prehistoric amphibian was truly imposing. It had a robust and well-developed body, reaching lengths of up to 2 meters. Its head was particularly striking, with a large, wide skull giving it a distinctive appearance.

Its limbs were strong and adapted for both aquatic and terrestrial life, suggesting that Eryops megacephalus could move easily both in water and on land. Its hind legs were longer and stronger than its front legs, indicating an ability to take long strides and possibly hunt prey on land.

It was a carnivorous predator, probably feeding on fish and other small animals. Its robust skull suggests that it had strong jaw muscles, adapted for grasping and holding prey. Although it shared some characteristics with modern amphibians, such as external gills in the early phases of its life, it also showed more advanced adaptations that distinguished it as a unique representative of its time.

Approximate measurements of the Eryops:

  • Complete 1:35 Scale
    • Length 52mm
    • Height 21mm
    • Snout-tail length 57 mm

  • Complete 1:20 Scale
    • Length 90mm
    • Height 36mm
    • Snout-tail length 100 mm