‘Frog from Hell’ that ate baby dinosaurs

A squat beachball sized toad dubbed ‘the frog from Hell‘ has been found in Madagascar, where it it once may have snacked on baby dinosaurs and other small animals.

Pac-Man Frog

Pac-Man Frog

The 70 million year-old fossil frog is likened by researchers to a “slightly squashed beach-ball” and has been nicknamed Beelzebufo.

The discovery of the creature, of a kind once thought unique to South America, lends weight to a new theory that Madagascar, India and South America were once linked together into a supercontinent until late in the Age of Dinosaurs, around 65 million years ago.

The new frog resembles living Horned frogs (ceratophryines or ‘pac-man frogs’) in having a squat body, huge head and wide mouth, containing dozens of little teeth.

With a body length (not counting the legs) of up to 16 inches – longer than a rugby ball – and a weight of around four kilos (10 pounds), it is more than twice the size of its largest living relatives.

Full story at The Telegraph (UK)

Kirtland Peterson

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