Triadobatrachus massinoti, the world’s first frog

Jonas Lieberknecht and Sebastian Baurmann2016

Frogs & Friends

Frogs & Friends
Berlin, Germany

About 250 million years ago, long before the arrival of the dinosaurs, a ten-centimetre-long amphibian with a flat, compact body emerged on the supercontinent Pangaea. Unlike its salamander-like ancestors, it only had a small tail supported by six vertebrae. Triadobatrachus is regarded as the world’s first frog. It was already a strong swimmer with its powerful legs. One can clearly see how they prefigured their descendants’ jumping legs.

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  • Title: Triadobatrachus massinoti, the world’s first frog
  • Creator: Jonas Lieberknecht, Sebastian Baurmann
  • Date Created: 2016
  • Date Published: 2016
  • Physical Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Location Created: Berlin, Germany
  • Original Source: Frogs & Friends