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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Frog From Hell

Last month, scientists unearthed the fossilized remains of Beelzebufo, or "the frog from hell."

The 9-lb., 16" toad was among the largest of its kind ever discovered to-date.  Related to today's horned toads, this one had short legs and a giant mouth.  It most likely preyed on small animals using the ambush techniques of its modern-day relatives.

Researchers added the the discovery bolstered the notion that the Madagascar island and South American landmasses could have been joined at some point in history, as the frog is strikingly different from those indigenous to the island, but closely-related to those found in South America.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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