Pederpes – an early tetrapod

(ped-urp-ees)

Model of Pederpes finneyae.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Carboniferous

HOW BIG IT WAS

Pederpes relative size depiction as described below
Pederpes was about 40 cm long.

Pederpes was a more advanced early tetrapod than the Devonian Acanthostega. Its jointed legs had forward-pointing toes, so it could walk better on land. But its hearing was better suited to underwater environments. It probably spent a lot time in the water and may have hunted there.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Pederpes map

This fossil of Pederpes was discovered in Scotland.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Carboniferous

Giant invertebratesGoniatitesPentremitesStethacanthus