Dimetrodon was a strange looking unique reptile that the paleontologists at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh made into a model replica from the fossils found of it in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
Dimetrodon was a mammal-like land reptile that sometimes is mistaken for a dinosaur. It was from the group of land reptiles called pelycosaurs. Its name means, “two measures of teeth”. Its length was about 11 feet and he weighed about 500 pounds. He was a carnivore (meat eater). Dimetrodon’s most spectacular feature was its large sail, which ran along the entire length of its back. Paleontologists speculate that the main purpose of its sail was to regulate its own temperature. The sail may have also served as a mating display. The sail made the Dimetrodon look a lot bigger to other hungry carnivores lurking nearby. Dimetrodon had a large head with fearsome teeth and a narrow powerful body. Dimetrodon is pronounced, “die-MET-roe-don”.
For more information on Dimetrodon go to Carnegie Museum’s website at http://www.carnegiemnh.com .