Giant salamanders roamed Portugal 230 million years ago

March 24, 2015 1:57 PM

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Researchers discovered the prehistoric species (known informally as "super salamander") after analyzing newly unearthed fossils excavated from an ancient lake in southern Portugal. The fossils date to between 220 and 230 million years ago, a time when a variety of primitive amphibians dominated the lakes and rivers of warmer climates.

"Most modern amphibians are pretty tiny and harmless," Richard Butler, one of the study's authors and a researcher at the University of Birmingham, said in a press release. "But back in the Triassic these giant predators would have made lakes and rivers pretty scary places to be."

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