I loved this creature from the first time I ever saw it–probably 6 years old, blissfully paging through an illustrated book on dinosaurs.
This is Diplocaulus, three feet long, and not a dinosaur but an amphibian. Dig that head! The first time my aunts took me to the American Museum of Natural History, and I saw the Diplocaulus fossils on display–just like in the pictures!–I could hardly contain my joy. And no other animal ever had a head like that.
These animals lived in Texas, in swamps and bayous which aren’t swamps and bayous anymore.
Now, imagine my surprise when I saw this picture:
Holy cow! Somebody’s got a live Diplocaulus–right there, in a bucket!
But it was only a photo-shop job. In all the places that I’ve looked, I’ve never found a living Diplocaulus.
Please let me know if you do.