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Wesserpeton amphibian fossil discovered

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A tiny species of amphibian that lived alongside dinosaurs has been discovered on the Isle of Wight.

University of Portsmouth researchers say the wesserpeton fills a gap in the evolutionary history of a now-extinct group, the albanerpetontids.

The amphibian, nicknamed Wessie, was about the size of a small newt and lived 130 million year ago.

Dr Steve Sweetmanwell described it as "feisty" as jaw bones showed signs of fierce battles for mates and territory.


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