Temnospondyl – By John Ayres

(“Temno” “spondyl” means “cut” “vertebra”, because of the backbone units: each vertebra is divided into several parts.)

 

3 most interesting facts about my creature:

 

Something I found surprising in my research:

Because of the superficial resemblance between some temnospondyls and modern crocodiles, there is a continuing debate among palaeontologists about their relationship. Were the temnospondyls wiped out by the extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period, or did some survive to evolve into some of our modern amphibious reptiles?

 

Why should people vote for my creature?

The Temnospondyli represent a key evolutionary stage in the transition from water to land. They are some of the first vertebrates to become fully adapted to life on land.