230 million years ago, the “Metoposaurus” reigned in southern Portugal


    giant salamander

    In its March 2015 issue, the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology published an article under the headline “A new species of Metoposaurus”. The piece claims that gigantic creatures resembling salamanders inhabited southern Portugal circa 230 million years ago.

    These giant salamanders, a new species named “Metoposaurus algarvensis” by the University of Edinburgh researchers who discovered their fossils, allegedly weighed over 200 pounds and measured almost six feet long. Although many compare these creatures to dinosaurs, researchers insist that these huge, primitive salamanders were just as ferocious, in fact eating dinosaurs as much as they did fish.

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