A team of paleontologist made a breakthrough discovery as they managed to find the remnants of what appears to be the most ancient frog relative found in North America.
A large number of the fossils is comprised of fragments of what were the hip bones of Chinle frogs, distant relatives of the modern frogs. The tiny pieces are smaller than a pinky nail and were found in a rock deposit. The discovery marks the first identification of Equatorial Salientians. The Salientian group contains the living frogs and their closest ancient frog relatives, with the oldest one dating back to the Late Triassic period.
One of the researchers has declared that the fossils, which were found in May 2018, prove microfossil collection can provide a significant amount of information after they are studied, even more so when we are looking at extinct creatures which measure under three feet in length.
Ancient Frog Relative Found In North America
The scientific community hasn’t been fascinated by the Late Triassic ecosystem in the past, but the recent discoveries are already attractive for many researchers. The period has remained a mystery for an extended period, and some researchers are taking the first strides towards knowledge.
The bones of the Chinle frogs are quite interesting since they are hollow and extended with a hip socket that is a bit far from the center. It is thought that this ancient frog relative was half-an-inch long, fitting on the end of a human finger.
While the researchers know that the fossils belong to the Chinle frog family, they decided to conduct further research before the fossils are named. They are also looking through more fossils of small vertebrates which could offer more information about the fauna of the era. Many of the traits possessed by the Chinle frog are also shared with modern frogs and some of the frogs which lived during the Early Jurassic period.