Millions of years ago, many living organisms weregigantic in size. Some frogs were so big that you could hardly hold them in your arms. And you would hardly want to do this, because they were extremely aggressive. We are talking about the so-called devil frogs (Beelzebufo ampinga), which are considered the largest in history. Scientists believe they were cunning hunters and fed on small mammals and newborn dinosaurs. As part of this article, I suggest you familiarize yourself with these terrifying creatures of ancient times and find out what their current descendants look like. The skeleton of the largest frog was first discovered relatively recently, but scientists already know a lot of interesting things about them.
The most dangerous frogs
Devil frogs were first described by scientistsonly in 2008. Judging by the location of the remains, they lived only on the territory of the current island of Madagascar. In the course of studying the fragments of the skeleton found, it was found that they lived about 65-70 million years ago. They are considered the largest frogs in history for a reason. Scientists are confident that the body length of these creatures reached 41 centimeters, and the weight was 4.5 kilograms. Indeed, to hold such a frog in your hands, you would need amazing dexterity and strength. After all, we can say that these frogs were more than two palms of human hands.
Who are horned frogs?
Giant frogs have become extinct long ago, but they have descendants. The closest relatives of "devilish" creatures are horned frogs (Ceratophrys). They are not as big as their distant ancestors, but they clearly inherited their large mouths with powerful jaws. Horned frogs are distinguished by their aggressive behavior and cunning while hunting. They do not attack their victims directly. As a rule, they attack them from an ambush and ancient frogs probably behaved in much the same way.
Some scholars believe that, like descendants,the devil frogs had horns on their heads. Most likely, they were also soft and were not used in attacks. According to researchers, frogs use these growths as camouflage and as bait for some species of animals that they feed on. If the ancient creatures did have them, chances are they used them in the same way.
Did you know that dinosaur eggs were not covered with shells?
There is no direct evidence for this, but paleontologistssure that the devil frogs could eat dinosaurs. Of course, we are not talking about huge tyrannosaurs and diplodocus - why would they bite their heels? Most likely, they ate baby dinosaurs from time to time. At the very least, the width of their mouth and the power of their jaw could clearly cope with such a task. Assuming that this is true, the frogs may have fed on baby dinosaurs that only laid eggs in the half-dry areas of what is now Madagascar.
The biggest frog of our time
It is worth noting that giant frogs existand today. The largest is considered to be the goliath frog (Conraua goliath), which can be found in some regions of Africa. The body length of the largest individuals can reach 32 centimeters, and the body weight is 3.3 kilograms. Of course, they are not as large as the devil frogs. But if you happen to see them live, fear is clearly guaranteed to you. And if you tend to laborer, that is, the fear of amphibians, you will surely experience real horror.
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Other large creatures that lived inthe time of the dinosaurs, there were reptiles. Last year I talked about reptiles from the Rauisuchia group. In appearance, they very much resembled modern crocodiles. Their body length could reach ten meters. Their large skulls were equipped with many curved teeth. In this regard, they are considered one of the main enemies of the dinosaurs. Most likely, they were the second largest creatures that inhabited the territory of what is now Africa about 200 million years ago. Scientists learned about their extreme danger quite by accident. You can read about how all this happened in this material.