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News item - "From from hell" fossil found in Madagascar

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  • Todd S. Greene
    Excerpt from: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/02/080218-giant-frog.html [link may be line-wrapped] [go to link for full article] ... Giant Frog
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      Giant "Frog From Hell" Fossil Found in Madagascar
      by Brian Handwerk
      (National Geographic News, 2/18/2008)

      Scientists working in Madagascar have found what may be the largest
      frog that ever lived.

      The bad-tempered Beelzebufo, or "devil frog," also poses a big
      mystery¬óWhy do its closest relatives live half a world away in South
      America?

      Paleontologist David Krause of Stony Brook University in New York and
      his colleagues began unearthing the specimen in bits and pieces more
      than a decade ago.

      Over the years a 75-piece puzzle emerged that was only recently put
      together by fossil-frog expert Susan Evans of University College London.

      Evans, lead author of a new paper detailing the find, describes the
      70-million-year-old frog as a rather intimidating animal the size of a
      beach ball, 16 inches (41 centimeters) high and weighing about 10
      pounds (4.5 kilograms).
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