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Microsauria
Fossil range: Late Carboniferous–Early Permian
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Pantylus
Conservation status
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lepospondyli
Order: Microsauria
families

Microbrachidae
Pantylidae

Microsauria ("small lizards") is an extinct Order of lepospondyl amphibians from the late Carboniferous and early Permian periods.

The microsaurs all had short tails and small legs, but were otherwise quite varied in form. The group included lizard-like animals that were relatively well-adapted to living on dry land, burrowing forms, and others that, like the modern axolotl, retained their gills into adult life, and so presumably never left the water.[1]

They are possible ancestors of the newts and salamanders, if that group did not arise from the temnospondyls along with the frog and toads.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Palmer, D., ed (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 55. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.  

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