Car-size salamander with toilet-seat head ruled ancient rivers

March 24, 2015 2:08 AM

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Car-size salamander with toilet-seat head ruled ancient rivers

A small-car-size "super salamander" with a toilet-seat-shaped head may have perished some 220 million to 230 million years ago alongside hundreds of its kin when its lake home dried up, researchers say.

An international team of scientists found several skulls and various other bones — including those of the arm, shoulder and backbone of the amphibian, now called Metoposaurus algarvensis — in an ancient lake bed in southern Portugal. From these bones, the researchers determined that the creature was...

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