Bran·​chi·​o·​sau·​rus | \ ˌbraŋkēəˈsȯrəs \

Definition of Branchiosaurus

: a group of small fossil amphibians like salamanders from the Permian of Europe formerly regarded as constituting a separate order or suborder but now usually held to be larvae of typical rhachitomous labyrinthodont amphibians used originally as a generic name and still commonly as though it were a generic name

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“Branchiosaurus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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