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First frog fossil from Antarctica found

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The first fossil of a frog found in Antarctica gives new insight into the continent’s ancient climate.

Paleontologists uncovered fragments of the frog’s hip bone and skull in 40-million-year-old sediment collected from Seymour Island, near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Scientists have previously found evidence of giant amphibians that walked Antarctica during the Triassic Period, over 200 million years ago, but no traces on the continent of amphibians like those around today (SN: 3/23/15). The shape of the newly discovered bones indicates that this frog belonged to the family of Calyptocephalellidae, or helmeted frogs, found today in South America.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/first-frog-fossil-antarctica-found-ancient-climate

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-61973-5

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third_eye

Now that's what is called a cool amphibian...

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NikkiStix

Super cool! I like to speculate on how the climate would have been back then. So warm and humid all over the earth? Was there snow? Had the poles shifted?

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jesse.martini

No wonder! I'm not a big conspiracy guy, but it seems like the Hieruthian Hypothesis is at least partly coming true with all these new scientific discoveries from the time period where the continents of Arctica and Antarctica were splitting and everything was going haywire. The real question is whether remains of the Silurian civilization will ever be found intact, and if we'll be able to recover any of their lost knowledge!

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Carnoferox
4 hours ago, jesse.martini said:

No wonder! I'm not a big conspiracy guy, but it seems like the Hieruthian Hypothesis is at least partly coming true with all these new scientific discoveries from the time period where the continents of Arctica and Antarctica were splitting and everything was going haywire. The real question is whether remains of the Silurian civilization will ever be found intact, and if we'll be able to recover any of their lost knowledge!

How does this at all support the Hieruthian hypothesis? It's a load of BS.

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