Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 22
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Mchugh, Julia B. 2015. Paleohistology ofMicropholis stowi(Dissorophoidea) andLydekkerina huxleyi(Lydekkerinidae) humeri from the Karoo Basin of South Africa, and implications for bone microstructure evolution in temnospondyl amphibians. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Vol. 35, Issue. 1, p. e902845.

    Witzmann, Florian and Voigt, Sebastian 2015. An Eryops-like interclavicle from the Early Permian of the Saar-Nahe Basin, and a discussion of temnospondyl interclavicle characters. Paläontologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 89, Issue. 3, p. 449.

    Klembara, Jozef Clack, Jennifer A. Milner, Andrew R. and Ruta, Marcello 2014. Cranial anatomy, ontogeny, and relationships of the Late Carboniferous tetrapodGephyrostegus bohemicusJaekel, 1902. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Vol. 34, Issue. 4, p. 774.

    McHugh, Julia B. 2014. Paleohistology and histovariability of the Permian stereospondylRhinesuchus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Vol. 34, Issue. 1, p. 59.

    2014. Amphibian Evolution.

    2014. Amphibian Evolution.

    Marjanović, David and Laurin, Michel 2013. The origin(s) of extant amphibians: a review with emphasis on the “lepospondyl hypothesis”. Geodiversitas, Vol. 35, Issue. 1, p. 207.

    Schoch, Rainer R. 2013. The evolution of major temnospondyl clades: an inclusive phylogenetic analysis. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Vol. 11, Issue. 6, p. 673.

    Angielczyk, Kenneth D. and Ruta, Marcello 2012. The Roots of Amphibian Morphospace: A Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Paleozoic Temnospondyls. Fieldiana Life and Earth Sciences, Vol. 5, p. 40.

    Clack, Jennifer A. Witzmann, Florian Müller, Johannes and Snyder, Daniel 2012. A Colosteid-Like Early Tetrapod from the St. Louis Limestone (Early Carboniferous, Meramecian), St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Fieldiana Life and Earth Sciences, Vol. 5, p. 17.

    Schoch, Rainer R. 2012. Character distribution and phylogeny of the dissorophid temnospondyls. Fossil Record, Vol. 15, Issue. 2, p. 121.

    SCHOCH, RAINER R. and WITZMANN, FLORIAN 2012. Cranial morphology of the plagiosaurid Gerrothorax pulcherrimus as an extreme example of evolutionary stasis. Lethaia, Vol. 45, Issue. 3, p. 371.

    Shishkin, M. A. 2012. Systemic grounds of morphogenesis and their manifestation in the fossil record. Paleontological Journal, Vol. 46, Issue. 4, p. 331.

    Fröbisch, Nadia B. and Shubin, Neil H. 2011. Salamander limb development: Integrating genes, morphology, and fossils. Developmental Dynamics, Vol. 240, Issue. 5, p. 1087.

    Schoch, Rainer R. and Witzmann, Florian 2011. Bystrow’s Paradox - gills, fossils, and the fish-to-tetrapod transition. Acta Zoologica, Vol. 92, Issue. 3, p. 251.

    Fröbisch, Nadia B. Olori, Jennifer C. Schoch, Rainer R. and Witzmann, Florian 2010. Amphibian development in the fossil record. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, Vol. 21, Issue. 4, p. 424.

    Maddin, Hillary C. Reisz, Robert R. and Anderson, Jason S. 2010. Evolutionary development of the neurocranium in Dissorophoidea (Tetrapoda: Temnospondyli), an integrative approach. Evolution & Development, Vol. 12, Issue. 4, p. 393.

    WITZMANN, FLORIAN SCHOLZ, HENNING MÜLLER, JOHANNES and KARDJILOV, NIKOLAY 2010. Sculpture and vascularization of dermal bones, and the implications for the physiology of basal tetrapods. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Vol. 160, Issue. 2, p. 302.

    DAMIANI, ROSS SCHOCH, RAINER R. HELLRUNG, HANNA WERNEBURG, RALF and GASTOU, STÉPHANIE 2009. The plagiosaurid temnospondylPlagiosuchus pustuliferus(Amphibia: Temnospondyli) from the Middle Triassic of Germany: anatomy and functional morphology of the skull. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Vol. 155, Issue. 2, p. 348.

    Schoch, Rainer R. 2009. Evolution of Life Cycles in Early Amphibians. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Vol. 37, Issue. 1, p. 135.

  • Currently known as: Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh Title history
    Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, Volume 96, Issue 4
  • December 2005, pp. 365-385

Skeletal development of the temnospondyl Acanthostomatops vorax from the Lower Permian Döhlen Basin of Saxony

  • Florian Witzmann (a1) and Rainer R. Schoch (a2)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 01 July 2007

The development of the skeleton of the small temnospondyl Acanthostomatops vorax is described, based on 32 specimens from the Lower Rotliegend of Niederhäslich in Saxony. Both individually and ontogenetically, the skull table, length of gape, and dentition of the parasphenoid are broadly variable. The stapes has a short and straight shaft and a well-defined two-headed proximal region. Small specimens have three or four pairs of ossified ceratobranchials in the gill region, while the adult hyobranchium is composed of four pairs of hypobranchials and probably some additional elements. The postcranium is characterised by a stout and well-ossified humerus that is already large in small larvae, a minute rectangular interclavicle, a robust but short femur, a relatively short trunk with 21–22 presacrals and a moderate tail with 28 vertebrae. In adults, the trunk skeleton became proportionally shorter and the femur smaller with respect to skull length. Metamorphosis is best indicated by the disappearance of the larval gill skeleton, which was probably resorbed, while the structure of the limbs and axial skeleton as well as the absence of lateral line sulci suggest a terrestrial existence for adults.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • ISSN: 1755-6910
  • EISSN: 1755-6929
  • URL: /core/journals/earth-and-environmental-science-transactions-of-royal-society-of-edinburgh
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *