Researchers find crocodile-like amphibian that lived more than 200 million years ago

Researchers find crocodile-like amphibian that lived more than 200 million years

Remains of a crocodile-like amphibian that lived 220-230 million years ago have been unearthed by the Edinburgh University scientists.

The researchers found the bones of the predator named Metoposaurusalgarvensis on the site of an ancient lake in southern Portugal.

According to the team led by Dr. Steve Brusatte, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, the early amphibian was a top predator during the time dinosaurs first evolved and begun their march to dominance.

These amphibians possibly looked like giant salamanders, lived in lakes and rivers during the Late Triassic Period and mostly ate fish. Modern amphibians such as frogs and newts might have evolved from these primitive amphibians.

The research team also mentioned that these predators were distant relatives of the salamanders of today and were more geographically diverse than previously thought.

Brusatte said, “This new amphibian looks like something out of a bad monster movie. It was as long as a small car and had hundreds of sharp teeth in its big flat head”.

These amphibians were wiped out during a mass extinction 201 million years ago. The research team is continuing to excavate the site with high hopes of unearthing new fossils.


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