Edaphosaurus was a genus of herbivorous (plant-eating)
that appeared during the late Carboniferous and survived until
the early Permian, between about 300 and 280 million years ago.
It is one of the earliest known herbivorous tetrapods.
Edaphorsaurus had a sail on its back that may have assisted with
temperature regulation, a small short skull, a wide body, and
a thick tail. The earliest species of the animal were small
animals, but over time large species evolved, the largest beign
perhaps 11 feet (3.2 meters) long.
The name "Edaphosaurus" was chosen by
Edward D. Cope in 1882.,
and means "earth lizard".
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