Eryops
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The Hall of Fossil Plants is something of a misnomer. A better name might be, "The Conquest of the Land," because it underscores how both plants and animals surmounted the same challenges to living and reproducing on land. Here, Todd Metcalf examines the skeleton of the Permian Period amphibian Eryops. As an adult, Eryops breathed air and could move on land, but it was not totally free from bodies of water. In the foreground is a small slab containing the remains of the water-breathing amphibian larva of the same period, possibly the larva of Eryops. The black and white life recnstruction of Eryops is indicative of the style of illustrations found throughout this and the Dinosaur Hall.