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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Remarkably Preserved Fossil Frog, France (Thaumastosaurus)

Remarkably Preserved Fossil Frog, France (Thaumastosaurus)

Fossil Frog Still Looks Gooey After Over 34 Million
Years by Brian Switek, Laelaps, September 27, 2013

The paper is:

Laloy, F., J-C. Rage, S. Evans, R. Boistel, N. Lenoir,
and others, 2013. A re-interpretation of the Eocene anuran
Thaumastosaurus based on microCT examination of a
‘mummified’ specimen. PLoS ONE 8, 9: e74874.

Abstract at:

PDF file at

What originally was described as an external cast of an
anuran ‘mummy’ from the Quercy Phosphorites
(southwestern France) contains a large part of the frog's
skeleton as shown by CT scans.


Paul H.