Early Temnospondyls such as Dendrerpeton
were medium length Temnospondyls. They reached up to 1.5m in lenght in the case of Cochleosaurus
were mostly semi aquatic and most likely fed on small fish, although
there is some suggestion that they may have fed on terrestrial
Other mostly aquatic forms of Temnospondyl were also present during
this time. These forms were mostly small and aquatic. One Genus in
appears to have retained external gills, much like the modern day axolotl. It has been suggested that, like modern axolotls, the
Branchiosaurs are actually a larval stage and do not represent the true
adult form. They were more salamander and newt size as opposed to the
larger semi aquatic versions of the Temnospondyls.
Figure A shows a reconstruction of Dendrerpeton arcadianum.
Again the reconstruction is inaccurate with regards to the number of digits on the forelimb. There should be 4 instead of 5.
Figure B shows an early temnopondyl trapped in a hollow tree
stump. The majority of the temnospondyls fossils found are inside
fossil tree stumps. It is suggested that these trees were
snapped and various temnospondyls, microsaurs and arthropods
became trapped after falling in. Another suggestion is that they made
nests in the tree stumps.