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2008-05-22 11:40:00

Researchers have discovered the 290 million-year-old fossil of a so-called "frogamander," which could finally set the record straight in a long-lived debate over amphibian ancestry.Scientists have been unable to fill in some gaps in the fossil record showing the transformation of modern amphibians such as frogs, salamanders and caecilians.The University of Calgary researchers said the fossil Gerobatrachus hottoni, or elderly frog, will add solid evidence to the debate. "It's a missing link...

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2008-05-21 12:35:00

The description of an ancient amphibian that millions of years ago swam in quiet pools and caught mayflies on the surrounding land in Texas has set to rest one of the greatest current controversies in vertebrate evolution. The discovery was made by a research team led by scientists at the University of Calgary. The examination and detailed description of the fossil, Gerobatrachus hottoni (meaning Hotton's elder frog), proves the previously disputed fact that some modern amphibians, frogs and...

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2008-04-16 16:50:00

Researchers found more than 65 animal species killed along a short stretch of roads in a Midwestern county. Nearly 95 percent of the total dead were frogs and other amphibians, suggesting that road-related death, or road-kill, possibly contributes to their worldwide decline, a trend that has concerned and puzzled scientists for decades. The Purdue University study found that habitat along roadsides heavily influences road-kill. More than 75 percent of the carcasses originated alongside a...

2008-04-07 16:43:41

The first lungless frog has been discovered lurking in the jungles of Borneo. The enigmatic amphibian, dubbed Barbourula kalimantanensis, apparently gets all the oxygen it needs through its skin. Scientists first saw one of these frogs 30 years ago, but due to their rarity, just one other specimen had been collected since then and neither had been dissected. "No one thought to open them up - there was no real reason to believe that they could be lungless," said researcher...

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2008-02-22 09:35:00

MU study suggests salamanders are 'keystone' speciesUniversity of Missouri scientist Ray Semlitsch studies creatures most people don't ever see. These creatures are active only at night and thrive in the shallow, cool, wet surroundings of headwater streams, an oft-overlooked biological environment.A collaborative study, with MU graduate student Bill Peterman, recently published in the journal Freshwater Biology, revealed the biomass (total mass of an organism in an area) of the black-bellied...

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2006-04-25 18:32:13

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Two rare salamanders that live in rocky patches within old growth forests along the Klamath River don't need Endangered Species Act protection because existing state and federal protections are adequate to maintain their habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. But environmentalists who sought listings for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander and Scotts Bar salamander said they would challenge the decision in court. They said moves are under way to remove...


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2008-09-17 12:31:51

The Two-toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma means), is a snake-like salamander find primarily in southeastern Unites States. The range extends from southeastern Virginia to Florida, and west to Louisiana. The habitat is coastal plains where they can be found in acidic waters of swamps, bayous, and sometimes drainage ditch. This salamander is commonly, but incorrectly, called Congo Snake, Congo Eel or Blind Eel. This salamander grows to about 36 inches long. It has four legs that end with two or three...

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  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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