Odious and Peculiar
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Titanoboa is getting all the attention, but where's the love for Beelzebufo?
Evans, lead author of a new paper detailing the find, describes the 70-million-year-old frog as a rather intimidating animal the size of a beach ball, 16 inches (41 centimeters) high and weighing about 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms).Emphasis mine. Now that's a batrachian for the ages!
Leaving aside the cheap thrills for a moment, Beelzebufo has some interesting biogeographic implications:
[Scientists] suggest that specimens like Beelzebufo provide proof of a later physical link between South America and Madagascar, most likely through a connection with Antarctica...Found via this roundup of giant critters.
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