1.1 Palaeontology Relating to a group of large fossil amphibians of the late Devonian to early Triassic periods having labyrinthodont teeth.
- On land there was a major faunal turnover in which labyrinthodont amphibians, early reptile groups, and mammal-like reptiles died out and were replaced by archosaurs, lepidosaurs, and mammals.
- Finding labyrinthodont amphibian vertebrae and lungfish teeth, we took several bags of matrix to wash.
- Whether it was a labyrinthodont amphibian or a primitive reptile has been much disputed.
A labyrinthodont amphibian.
- Former subclass Labyrinthodontia: several families, but no longer considered to be a single group.
- Curiously, labyrinthodonts are not found in the Otways - crocodiles apparently filled the same ecological niche.
- Two main types of early amphibians include the large powerfully built labyrinthodonts and the small, slender lepospondyls.
- All of these Palaeozoic and early Mesozoic amphibians are called labyrinthodonts and lepospondyls, based on features of their teeth and vertebrae.
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Labyrinthodontia, from Greek laburinthos 'labyrinth' + odous, odont- 'tooth'.
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