Early amphibian - Adult and Juvenile
Named for a paleontologist, W.H. Buettner
6.9 feet/2.1 meters long
Late Triassic (220-205 million year ago)
NMMNH P-36228, NMMNH P-36229
Howard County, Texas
Amphibians nearly went extinct at the end of the Triassic. The shovel-headed amphibians that had been among the most common land animals since the Devonian almost disappeared, with only a few species surviving into the Jurassic. Buettneria became extinct during the Triassic.
See a reconstruction of Buettneria here.