Ossinodus is an extinct genus of stem tetrapod. Fossils have been found from the Ducabrook Formation in Queensland, Australia dating back to the middle Visean stage of the Early Carboniferous (Mississippian).[1] It was originally placed within the family Whatcheeriidae, but the absence of an intertemporal bone as suggested by a recent reconstruction of the skull based on fragmentary material may prove it to be stemward of all whatcheeriids.[2]


  1. ^ Warren, A., and Turner, S. (2004). The first stem tetrapod from the Lower Carboniferous of Gondwana. Palaeontology 47(1):151-184.
  2. ^ Warren, A. (2007). New data on Ossinodus pueri, a stem tetrapod from the Early Carboniferous of Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(4):850-862.
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