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‘Totally new find’ – Argentinian palaeontologists discover ‘unknown’ skull of 100,000-year-old amphibian in Buenos Aires

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« A group of palaeontologists from the Fossil Conservation Group discovered the skull of a new species that potentially lived around 100,000 years ago.
The discovery enabled researchers to compare the skull with other fossils and current relatives. This comparison revealed that the animal was previously unknown to science.
Footage recorded on Tuesday in Buenos Aires shows members of the group working on cleaning and inspecting the skull inside the Museum of San Pedro, as well as signs on the museum’s wall highlighting different amphibians.
« It is a totally new finding for science; in its life form, unknown until now, it is an animal that lived about 100,000 years ago in a geological background called Lujanense, » explained Jose Luis Aguilar, the museum’s director.
He also mentioned that the skull is more closely related to the scurvy that lives today in the southern part of Brazil, and it is believed that the animal was part of the group of anurans, with frogs, toads, and excerpts.
« It is an animal that at that time had a corridor in the area of the Atlantic coast between the Pampas region of Argentina and southern Brazil, and this species diversified at that time and then became extinct, we believe at the end of the Pleistocene, as a result of climatic changes such as deglaciation, cooling, and global warming, » said Aguilar.
The discovery of the skull happened after a member of the museum reportedly saw small and thin bones emerging from a group of brownish rocks. »


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