Karaurus is a salamander from Jurassic Kazakhstan. It is one of the oldest known salamanders.
Description[edit | edit source]
The only known skeleton of Karaurus (which is likely a juvenile) is about 20 centimeters long. It is heavily built, with a broad head.
Classification[edit | edit source]
Karaurus belongs to its own family, Karauridae, along with the genus Kokartus.
Discovery[edit | edit source]
Paleobiology[edit | edit source]
Karaurus probably fed on freshwater crustaceans and insects.
References[edit | edit source]
- DK LTD. Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth. New York: DK Publishing, 2009. Print.
- L. A. Nessov. 1988. Late Mesozoic amphibians and lizards of Soviet Middle Asia. Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia 31(14):475-486 [E. Fara/E. Fara]
- Palmer, D., ed (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 57. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.