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Eocaecilia micropodia

Caecilians formed a group of limbless, mostly fossorial amphibians that lived in the tropical regions of Asia, Africa and South America. The fossil record of caecilians is extremely scarce. Eocaecilia from the Early Jurassic of Arizona is the earliest known Caecilian and also the most complete one. Among primtive features, Eocaecilia retains tiny limbs that have completely disappeared in modern species.




Name


Eocaecilia micropodia


Authority
   

Jenkins and Walsh, 1993


Meaning of the generic name


Dawn Caecilian


Size


Skull length: 12.6 mm, Length: 15 cm


Remains


Complete skeleton


Age and Distribution



Early Jurassic Kayenta Formation, Cononino County, Arizona.


Classification


Lissamphibia Gymnophiona Eocaeciliaidae

  Further Reading

  Jenkins, FA & DM Walsh (1993), An Early Jurassic caecilian with limbs. Nature 365: 246-250.

 Synonyms 






Illustration by N. Tamura



Reconstructed skeleton and skull of Eocaecilia micropodia, Jenkins and Walsh, 1993, Nature.

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