Come home with this in your pail, and you’ll be famous!
Some fossils look so weird as to be not of this earth. The ancient amphibian Diplocaulus, with its boomerang-shaped head, is one of them.
Fun Stuff God Has Done: the Diplocaulus
Why did Diplocaulus have such a funny-shaped head? To discourage predators from swallowing him head-first? We really can’t know unless we find some live ones somewhere and observe how they live. But that’s always hard to do unless you’re in a movie.
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.
Hi, Mr. Nature here, with some more of God’s stuff that pushes our imaginations to the limit.
This ancient amphibian is Diplocaulus, with its unforgettable boomerang-shaped head. It has left behind abundant fossils, so we have a pretty good idea of its life cycle, its diet, the way it moved, etc. This is one of those prehistoric animals that you only have to meet once, for it to stick in your mind.
Feel free to ignore the narrator in this video. He’s a little bit too certain about things.
There is a famous picture of a Diplocaulus in a bucket, as if the animal had been caught by a fisherman. There is no reason to believe the photo is anything but a fake. Very nicely done, though!
So there probably are no more Diplocauluses for us to see in the flesh, and we’ll have to make do with fossils for the time being… Until the Lord regenerates His whole creation. And won’t that be something!