Ancient Salamander discovered in Portugal

Ancient Salamander discovered in Portugal

A team of scientists has discovered most lethal predators on the Earth after the Dinosaurs. The amphibian, which existed on the Earth around 200 million years ago, has been discovered through the study of fossils.

The animal which had similar looks like crocodile was on the top of the food pyramid on the Earth for a while, a group of paleontologists informed.

The closest contemporary relative of this species is salamander but the creature was much bigger than modern amphibians.  The researcher analyzed fossils from a site in southern part of Portugal. The excavation took place near an ancient lake, claimed the scientists.  For the first time, researchers have excavated ancient salamander from the inside of the Iberian Peninsula. The fossils have been obtained from large pile of bones, as all dependent animals died when the ancient lake dried up. Similar salamanders have been discovered across the world from the regions like Europe, North America and India.

According to the study, the giant salamanders preferred to habitat in lower altitudes and are a subspecies of ancient amphibian group. During late Triassic Period, the two meters long ancient amphibian lived at in lakes and rivers. Similar to today’s amphibians like crocodiles, species ate fish and other creatures.

The scientists have named this species as Metoposaurus algarvenis.  For around 150 million years the species survived on the Earth and are contemporaries of Dinosaurs.  Today’s amphibians like frogs, news were evolved from this same prehistoric species.  The researchers also discovered that the species of salamander inhabited many areas in the world and possessed more diversity than expected.  

 

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