Feb
28
2008

Fossil frog: It croaked about 70 million years ago

Huge frog: Fossilized remains have been found in Madagascar of the Devil Toad, a bowling-ball-sized frog that was likely capable of eating small, young dinosaurs.
Huge frog: Fossilized remains have been found in Madagascar of the Devil Toad, a bowling-ball-sized frog that was likely capable of eating small, young dinosaurs.Courtesy wikipedia
It sounds like the name of some gnarly rock band: Devil Toad.

But it’s actually the latest fossil discovery made by researchers from New York’s Stony Brook University. Fossils of the creature (which is actually a frog despite its name), about the size of a bowling ball and equipped with a mouthful of teeth, has been discovered in Madagascar. It’s official name is Beelzebuf, which translates from Latin into Devil Toad.

Here's a link to a story with a great artist's sketch of what Beelzebuf might have looked like with size comparisons to regular everyday frogs and a pencil.

Examining the fossils, researchers figure that the Devil Toad is a close relative to similar frogs currently found in South America. The old frogs would have lived around the same time as dinosaurs, got to a size of 10 pounds and stretched 16 inches long.

And if the ancient version of the frogs were anything like their contemporaries, they were some tough-as-nails amphibians, being able to capture and eat hatchling dinosaurs.

The fossil remains date back about 70 million years ago, putting them in the late Cretaceous period. Also found in the same area were dinosaur and crocodile fossils.

On top of all of that, the Devil Toad’s skull appears to especially thick and includes ridges and grooves that could have made up some type of protective shield.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ALK's picture
ALK says:

wow that is a mazing. look at the things that we find in 2008.

posted on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 8:21pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

If I ever have a child, it will be named Beezlbuf.
As a nickname, I could just call it "Toad."

posted on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 4:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wierd. if ur kid gets teased i will laugh my pants off.
i want to name my kid luna after my fav fictional character luna lovegood

posted on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 5:01pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Luna and Toad can be friends. God knows they'll need each other.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 9:24pm
andyshadexx's picture
andyshadexx says:

My nick name were "nhai" which is mean something like frog or toad. But yea.. if there like a dinosaurs version of each pecies that living today. It would be really weird

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:48am
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

how could the frog live
that long?

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:51am
Twila's picture
Twila says:

This is so weird I never knew that there was an frog that ate little dinosuars. That's so crazy. I would be so scared if I were to see one of these. I'm glad that they don' t exist now.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:53am
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

Wonderful found animals what live long time.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:10am
flinch619's picture
flinch619 says:

giant toads scare me more than giant lizards. personally

BOOYAKASHA!

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:10am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

I don't really like frogs...
Sorry but i like fishes more...

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:26am

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