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Dinosaur and Paleontology Dictionary
Eryops was one of the largest land animals of its time, but the faster-moving Dimetrodon may have preyed upon it on land. The primitive shark Orthacanthus may have hunted it in the water.
Eryops may have been slow moving on land, but was perhaps faster in the water. Some scientists have suggested that Eryops may not have been able to run.
Eryops was a swamp dweller. Like all amphibians, Eryops had to live near the water since amphibian eggs have no shells and must be laid in the water (or in very damp areas) or they will dry out and die. Also, it lost its gills as an adult.
When Eryops Lived
Eryops lived during the Permian period (roughly 270 million years ago), long before the dinosaurs evolved.
Eryops was a labyrinthodontid amphibian and a temnospondyl.
Eryops fossils have been found in Texas, USA, North America. Eryops was named by E. D. Cope in 1887. Eryops means "drawn-out eye."
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