Collected from the Wellington Formation of Oklahoma, U.S.A. several decades ago, this is an ULTRA RARE complete, undamaged claw and tooth from ERYOPS, one of the largest amphibians of its day. Eryops was a unique creature - a blend of amphibian and wholly terrestrial creature. Fossils of this animal are extremely scarce.
This is one of only a few Eryops fossils we have to offer of this very unusual early tetrapod. Aside from its extreme rarity, this claw and tooth are well-preserved examples that are complete and with no breakage. For the ultimate in rare prehistoric vertebrate fossils from BEFORE THE DINOSAURS, this one is a MUST.
ERYOPS was a large part land-dweller from the Early Permian. It grew to sizes ranging from 1.5 to 2 meters. Its body was stout and robust with a broad and large, flattened head. Eryops spent part of its life in water but it possessed unique early features of a part terrestrial life with a stronger, vertebral column, strong limbs and ears that could function out of the water, detecting airborne sound.
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