Purple Frog Delights Scientists

Posted on May 5, 2007  Comments (2)

Purple Frog photo

This interesting looking frog (N. sahyadrensis), discovered in India in 2003, has is in its own taxonomic family and represents the only known living example of frogs that lived alongside dinosaurs 65 million years ago, Purple frog delights scientists:

Its head appears too small for its body and it looks more like a squat, grumpy blob than a living creature.

But to the scientists who describe it in the journal Nature, the frog is a beautiful find because of what it tells them about Earth history.

“It is an important discovery because it tells us something about the early evolution of advanced frogs that we would not know otherwise because there are no fossil records from this lineage,” says Franky Bossuyt, of Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

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2 Responses to “Purple Frog Delights Scientists”

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