AN­CIENT FROG FIND

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THIS re­mark­able im­age shows a 99-mil­lion-year-old frog trapped in am­ber.

A to­tal of four fos­sil frog spec­i­mens were found in Myan­mar (for­merly Burma) in South­east Asia. They date back to the end of the Cre­ta­ceous Pe­riod (the last di­nosaur age), and are the ear­li­est di­rect ev­i­dence of frogs in wet trop­i­cal forests from that time.

Dr Lida Xing of China Univer­sity of Geo­sciences in Bei­jing told the BBC that, “These am­ber fos­sils pro­vide di­rect ev­i­dence that frogs in­hab­ited wet trop­i­cal forests be­fore the mass ex­tinc­tion event at the end of the Cre­ta­ceous”.

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