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Throwback Thursday: The Devil Frog

photo by Nobu Tamura

The Devil frog (Beelzebufo ampinga) is an extinct species of frog and may have been the largest frog ever. Fossil records show that it lived over 70 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. The fossils have been found in Madagascar. The frog reached sizes of over 16 inches long while weighing over 9 pounds. Due to its size, the Devil Frog may have eaten hatchling dinosaurs.

It is a member of the family Ceratophryidae, the horned frog family, which are native to South America. Because of the discovery of the Devil frog fossils and other fossils in Madagascar, the current knowledge about the break up of the super continent Gondwana might be inaccurate.

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