Warwickshire in 100 Objects: Dasyceps Bucklandi

Skull of Dasyceps bucklandi. The skull is mounted on a plinth, as though for display on a wall. A blue label is attached to said plinth. | Image courtesy of Warwickshire Museum
Skull of Dasyceps bucklandi, Warwickshire Museum collection
Image courtesy of Warwickshire Museum

This is the skull of Dasyceps bucklandi, a giant salamander-like amphibian, that lived in Warwickshire during the Permian Period, nearly 300 million years ago. It was found in a sandstone quarry in Kenilworth about 1849. It is the only skull of its kind to have been found anywhere in the country.