Two Early Permian Reptiliomorphs (Letoverpeton) - Czech Republic

This is a remarkably preserved pair of Discosauriscus from the Early Permian deposits of the Czech Republic. These are phenomenal specimens, very nicely articulated with all the short limbs present and displayed on a slab of rock. The partial specimen is 4.7" in length, while the larger, nearly complete one is 6.6" in length. There are a few calcite seems running through the rock and the fossils as well as some crack repairs. There is some restoration along the repaired cracks and to both the hind limbs of the more complete specimen. There is likely some restoration on the small digits of both specimens as they tend to not be as well preserved as the larger bones.

Because the skeletons of Discosauriscus were lightly sclerotized, they are rarely as well preserved as the intact specimen found on this plate. This fossil clearly defines the wide jaws, short limbs and relatively long tail of this species. A well preserved lateral-line system has been described, by researchers which suggests that Discosauriscus may have had electroreceptive organs.

Discosauricus was a small seymouriamorph that lived in Central Europe during the Lower Permian Period. Many seymouriamorphs were terrestrial or semi-aquatic. However, aquatic larvae bearing external gills and grooves from the lateral line system have been found, making them unquestionably amphibians. The adults were terrestrial. Some of the best fossils of Discosauricus species have been found in Boskovice basin in the Czech Republic.
Discosauriscus (Letoverpeton) sp.
Brno, Boskovice, Moravia, SE Czech Republic
Limnic Deposits
6.6" & 4.7" on 8.7x7.8" rock
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