Fossils hint prehistoric 'salamander' to be top predator 200mn years ago

March 24, 2015 8:59 AM

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Fossils hint prehistoric 'salamander' to be top predator 200mn years ago

Washington: Scientists have discovered fossils of a prehistoric salamander-like species, which suggest that those amphibians were one of the top predators on Earth 200 million years ago.

The species called Metoposaurus algarvensis, whose excavating bones were found buried on the site of an ancient lake in southern Portugal, had lived during the rise of dinosaurs, and part of a wider group of primitive amphibians that were widespread at low latitudes 220-230 million years ago.

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