Karaurus (meaning head-tail) is an extinct genus of salamander-like amphibian from the Late Jurassic (OxfordianKimmeridgian) Karabastau Svita of Kazakhstan. It is one of the oldest salamanders known.

Temporal range: Late Jurassic 161.2–150.8 Ma[1]
Fossil skeleton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Clade: Caudata
Family: Karauridae
Genus: Karaurus
Ivachnenko, 1978
Type species
Karaurus sharovi
Ivachnenko, 1978

Karaurus was about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) long, and very similar anatomically to modern salamanders. It probably swam through fresh water feeding on aquatic snails, worms, crustaceans and insects.[2]


  1. "†Karaurus Ivachnenko 1978". Paleobiology Database. Fossilworks. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  2. Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 57. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.