Monster Salamander Metoposaurus Algarvensis Was A Triassic Terror

March 25, 2015 9:38 AM

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These days, salamanders are among the least intimidating creatures on the planet -- so harmless, they're commonly used a classroom pets.

Newly uncovered fossils show a relative of the salamander called Metoposaurus algarvensis that lurked in the waters of Portugal some 230 million years ago that was the size of a small car. This monster amphibian was so ferocious that it snacked on some of the first dinosaurs.

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