Beelzebufo compared to a modern frog
|Scientific Name||Beelzebufo ampinga|
|Lived||70 million years ago|
Beelzebufo was a large frog from Cretaceous Madagascar.
Description[edit | edit source]
Because Beelzebufo inhabited Madagascar and modern horned frogs are found in South America, there is strong evidence that the supercontinent Gondwana, which once contained both landmasses, separated at approximately this time during the Cretaceous.
Discovery[edit | edit source]
Fossil fragments had been found as far back in 1993, but Beelzebufo was only described in 2008 from the fragments that had been collected.
Diet[edit | edit source]
Like the horned frogs today, Beelzebufo would probably eat any animal it could get its mouth around. Likely prey items include mammals, other frogs, and even baby dinosaurs.
References[edit | edit source]
- Hooper, Rowan (2008-02-18). "Giant prehistoric frog hints at ancient land link". New Scientist. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
- Dybas, Cheryl (2008-02-18). "Scientists Discover 'Giant Fossil Frog from Hell'". Press Release 08-025. National Science Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
- Evans, Susan E.; Jones, Marc E. H.; David W. Krause (2008). "A giant frog with South American affinities from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105 (8): 2951–2956. doi:10.1073/pnas.0707599105. PMC 2268566. PMID 18287076.
- "'Frog from hell' fossil unearthed". BBC News. 2008-02-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7251666.stm. Retrieved 2008-02-18.