Giant salamanders co-existed with first dinosaurs

Paris, 24 March 2015

Giant salamanders co-existed with first dinosaurs

An international1 team including a paleontologist from the Centre de recherches en paléobiodiversité et paléoenvironnements (CNRS / Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle / UPMC) has discovered a new fossil species of “giant salamander” in Portugal. The species, named Metoposaurus algarvensis, was found in rock dating from about 230 million years ago. This research, published on 24 March 2015 in theJournal of Vertebrate Paleontology, confirms that these huge carnivorous amphibians lived and flourished at the time of the first dinosaurs.

To download the press release: Salamandres

Notes:

1The group also included British (Museum of Edinburgh, University of Birmingham) and Portuguese (Museu da Lourinhã) researchers.

References:

A new species of Metoposaurus from the Late Triassic of Portugal and comments on the systematics and biogeography of metoposaurid temnospondyls, Stephen L. Brusatte, Richard J. Butler, Octávio Mateus, and J. Sébastien Steyer. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 24 March 2015. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2014.912988

Contact information:

CNRS Researcher l Jean-Sébastien Steyer l T + 33 1 40 79 30 14 l steyer@mnhn.fr 
CNRS Press Office l Véronique Etienne l T + 33 1 44 96 51 37 l veronique.etienne@cnrs-dir.fr
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