When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

blog

Fanged Frog Species Discovered, Eats Other Frogs

Fanged Frog Species Discovered, Eats Other Frogs

GENEVA— A team of German and Swiss zoologists have discovered an imposing new large-fanged frog species in West Africa. The batrachian's anatomy and genetics are very different from its cousins of the same region, according to the report published in the periodical Frontiers in Zoology.

The frog, named Odontobatrachidae, has the notable characteristic of big curved teeth in the upper jaw and two distinctive fangs in the lower jaw, which, the scientists say, could be used to eat other frogs, a relatively rare but not unheard of amongst some frog species.

The zoologists came across the new species while studying other types of frogs living in tropical forests in Guinea, Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast and Liberia. Such discoveries are extremely rare in the 21st century.

The scientists say the Odontobatrachidae form a very distinctive group that may have been separated from other frog lines around 90 million years ago, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth.

Read the full report here.


Photo: Natural History Museum of Geneva

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

LGBTQ Plus

Mayan And Out! Living Proudly As An Indigenous Gay Man

Being gay and indigenous can mean facing double discrimination, including from within the communities they belong to. But LGBTQ+ indigenous people in Guatemala are liberating their sexuality and reclaiming their cultural heritage.

Photo of the March of Dignity in Guatemala

The March of Dignity in Guatemala

Teresa Son and Emma Gómez

CANTEL — Enrique Salanic and Arcadio Salanic are two K'iché Mayan gay men from this western Guatemalan city

Fire is a powerful symbol for them. Associated with the sons and daughters of Tohil, the god who bestows fire in Mayan culture, it becomes the mirror and the passage that allows them to see and express their sexuality. It is a portal that connects people with their grandmothers and grandfathers, the cosmos and the energies that the earth transmits.

Keep reading...Show less

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

The latest