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Scientific Name: Siderops kehli (Kehl’s Iron Face)
Age: Jurassic Period (176 million years ago)
Size: 2.7 m long
Location: Surat Basin, Southern Queensland
Siderops kehli was a giant salamander-like amphibian with short limbs. It had rows of sharp, pointed teeth and fed on fish and other small animals. Its broad, flat head and tail suggest it was probably an ambush predator, like a crocodile today. Siderops means ‘iron face’ and refers to the ironstone matrix in which it was preserved. It is one of the largest specimens of temnospondyl amphibians found anywhere in the world. Siderops is on display in the Lost Creatures exhibit at Queensland Museum, South Bank.