Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Extinction: Discovery of a lizard-like amphibian that lived in Australia millions of years ago

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  • author, Hannah Ritchie – BBC News
  • stock, Correspondence
  • Report from Sydney

Scientists have discovered a new type of amphibian that lived in Australia about 247 million years ago.

The discovery ends a mystery that has occupied researchers since the 1990s, when the creature’s fossilized remains were discovered by a retired chicken farmer in New South Wales, Australia.

Fewer than 10 fossils of this lizard-like amphibian have been identified worldwide.

Experts say the discovery could “rewrite the evolution of amphibians in Australia”.

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