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VIDEO: Giant Salamander fossil discovered

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(KHQ.COM)-  Portuguese scientists have discovered a new species of a giant amphibian that lived during the rise of the dinosaurs and was one of the largest predators on earth for hundreds of millions of years. A team of paleontologists identified the new species after digging the bones from the rocks of an ancient lake in portugal. Octavio Mateus, a paleontologist working on the project says, 'This amphibian would be about two meters long' (more than 6 feet).

The species resembles giant salamanders that lived in lakes and rivers during the Triassic Period which are similar to today's crocodiles. Studies found that these primitive amphibians are distant relatives of current salamanders. Mateus says, 'they are around 220 million years old, so much older than T-Rex or any other dinosaur we found out in Portugal.'

The new species was discovered in a graveyard full of bones where dozens of animals may have died when the lake dried up.


Only a fraction of the site has been excavated so far, and the team will continue to work to find new fossils. Most of this type of large amphibians were wiped out during a mass extinction that occurred 201 million years ago, long before the death of the dinosaurs.

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