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It’s Beezlebufo Time!

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Yes, it’s true (via the Associated Press, via The Columbus Dispatch)…

WASHINGTON – A frog the size of a bowling ball, with heavy armor and teeth, lived among dinosaurs millions of years ago – intimidating enough that scientists who unearthed its fossils dubbed the beast Beelzebufo, or Devil Toad.

It seems to be a relative of South American horned frogs, known scientifically as Ceratophrys. Popular as pets, they’re sometimes called pacman frogs for their huge mouths.

Like those modern frogs, Beelzebufo had a wide mouth and powerful jaws, plus teeth. Skull bones were extremely thick, with ridges and grooves characteristic of some type of armor or protective shield.


The name comes from the Greek word for devil, Beelzebub, and Latin for toad, bufo (pronounced boo-foe).

The family link raises a paleontology puzzle: Standard theory for how the continents drifted apart show what is now Madagascar would have been long separated by ocean from South America during Beelzebufo’s time. And frogs can’t survive long in salt water, Krause noted.

He contends the giant frog provides evidence for competing theories that some bridge still connected the land masses that late in time, perhaps via an Antarctica that was much warmer than today.



Well, wait until the Creationists get hold of this one!  Hopefully, Mike Huckabee will explain it on the campaign stump.


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    • Faheyman on February 19, 2008 at 20:27
    • KrisC on February 19, 2008 at 20:37

    I wonder if he had venom like his buddy Bufo alvarius????


    • pfiore8 on February 19, 2008 at 21:33

    and why not???

    v.v.v. cute Faheyman!

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    And it’s even harder being the descendant of a bowling ball and a dinosaur.  

  2. check the candy boxes.

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