Temnospondyl eyeballs

 

Figure 1. Antarctosuchus polygon life restoration with original eyeballs, above, and suggested revision, below. Why way did the eyeballs point? It might make more sense to have 360 degree vision than binocular vision. Just like a frog.

Figure 1. Antarctosuchus polygon life restoration with original eyeballs, above, and suggested revision, below. Why way did the eyeballs point? It might make more sense to have 360 degree vision than binocular vision. Just like a frog.

Sometimes these skull restorations just freak me out.
Sure temnospondyls had orbits on the top of their skulls, but did their eyes stare directly up from the skull with binocular vision? Or did they stare laterally with 360 degree vision, like a frog? Above both variations are shown. The original sort of freaks me out.

How about you?

And what happens at the surface when this croc-like anamniote breathes at the surface? Did it stare at the sun? Was it able to withdraw its eyeballs like frogs do?

Please, someone, fix those eyes or calm my nerves by telling me that’s the way they are supposed to be, so they don’t freak me out.

References
Sidor CA, Steyer JS and Hammer WR 2014. A new capitosaurid temnospondyl from the Middle Triassic Upper Fremouw Formation of Antarctica. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34(3):539-548. DOI:10.1080/02724634.2013.808205
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1 thought on “Temnospondyl eyeballs

  1. Since the top version makes little sense and the bottom version makes a lot of sense, the bottom version will have a hard time making headway.

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