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Friday, March 27, 2015

New Species of Human-Sized Salamander Found in Portugal

Paleontologists have just found fossils of a large salamander-like creature.  The fossils say that it was more than six feet long and over 200 pounds.  It also shows that it might have had a round head and thin legs that would barely be able to hold itself up to stand out of the water.  The salamanders name is Metoposaurus algarvesis.

These are the first fossils found on the Iberian peninsula, but they aren't the very first ones found.  There have been fossils found in North America, India, Africa, and other parts of Europe.  This means that the species is widely spread throughout the world.  The salamander species have always been found in large amounts which means that it may have happened because where they lived might have dried up that used to form their habitat.

The study of these fossils was led by Stephen Brussate at the University of Edinburgh.  The study has also shown up in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

I think that it is really cool that a large salamander-like creature used to live such a long time ago.  it also makes me wonder why salamaders are so small and if they have even come from the Metoposaurus algarvensis species.  If they are related then that seems pretty cool.


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