Overhead view, Eryops, SVP 75th Anniversary
Geologic period: Permian
Eryops, whose name comes from the Greek for "drawn-out face".
About this image:
Eryops was an amphibious temnospondyl, or primitive amphibian, that lived 300 million years ago. Fossils of Eryops have been found from early Permian rocks in Archer County, Texas, and have also been found in late Carboniferous rocks from near Karen's home in New Mexico. Several complete skeletons of Eryops have been found in lower Permian rocks, but skull bones and teeth are its most common fossils.
Karen was asked by friends from Southern Methodist University to create a quick image and animation of Eryops to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bones from an Eryops fossil form a portion of the SVP logo, and early Eryops research was contributed in the late 1800s by Jacob Boll, a pioneering naturalist from Dallas.
Did you know?
Karen's image and animation were displayed at the 75th meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologist in Dallas in October, 2015.
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is a diverse organization of scientists, students, artists, preparators, advocates, writers and scholars across the globe, who are dedicated to the study, discovery, interpretation and preservation of vertebrate fossils.