Eogyrinus


Eogyrinus

Taxobox
name = Eogyrinus
fossil_range = Late Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian epoch)



image_width = 250px
image_caption = "Eogyrinus"
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
subphylum = Vertebrata
superclassis = Tetrapoda
superordo = Reptiliomorpha
ordo = Anthracosauria
subordo = Embolomeri
familia = Eogyrinidae
familia_authority = Watson, 1929
genus = Eogyrinus
genus_authority = Watson, 1926

"Eogyrinus" was one of the largest Carboniferous tetrapods, and perhaps one of the largest of its family. It was 4.6 meters (15 feet) long. "Eogyrinus" was a powerful swimmer that moved quickly through the water by swishing its long tail from side to side. It may have been a predator, lying in wait in the shadows in much the same way as a crocodile does today. It's lightly built 560 kg weight might allow it to do a death-roll, like a crocodile. Although probably better hunting in the water, "Eogyrinus" could probably make a grab for prey passing close by on land. "Eogyrinus" is known from Europe, where its fossils were found.
Data:
Provender: meat
Time: 300 mln
Length: 4.6 m
Occurrence: Europe
Weight: 560 kg


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