Car-Sized Salamander Fossils
on 30 March 2015
Archaeologists have discovered a massive boneyard of prehistoric super-salamanders in Algarve, Portugal. While the bones from these enormous amphibians are in fact quite common, the newly found fossils are different enough to establish a new species—Metoposaurus algarvensis. These 10-foot-long salamander predators congregated around a central band in ancient Pangaea and seem to have thrived in hot environments before being wiped out by a seasonal drought.