Monday, February 18, 2008

Beelzebufo

Artist's impression of the Beelzebufo frog. Scientists, who unearthed the 70-million-year-old fossil in Madagascar, said it would have had a body length of about 40cm (16 inches) and weighed about 4kg (10lb).

A team from UCL and Stony Brook University, New York, have discovered a fossil of a giant dinosaur-eating frog in Madagascar, giving weight to the theory that the island off Africa’s east coast was once linked to India and South America.

You can read a fairly good report on the BBC website but there were numerous other press reports today. Everybody seems to love the picture.

Oh man, what's not to love about this story? It's a giant frog, it's got one of the best scientific names I think I've ever come across and there's a beautiful artists reconstruction. Does it remind anyone else of hypno-toad?

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