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Seymouria

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Seymouria was a reptile-like amphibian tetrapod from the early Permian of North America and Europe. It was small, only 2 feet (60 cm) long and was well adapted to life on land. It had many reptilian features; so many that it was first thought to be a primitive reptile. The dry climate of the Permian was better suited for reptiles than for amphibians. Seymouria had long and muscular legs, and may have had a dry skin that helped it to conserve water. The evidence is that Seymouria may have lived for extended lengths of time away from water in a fairly dry climate which would have allowed it to wander about the landscape in search of insects, small amphibians and the eggs of reptiles. After mating, the females would return to the water to lay their eggs. As in amphibians, the larvae would develop in water feeding on worms and insects until they were strong enough to live on land.

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