Posted by: purplepaula1 | February 4, 2010

Giant Japanese salamander – ‘living fossil’

Scientists at the Hanzaki Institute are studying the Giant Japanese salanander, or ‘living fossil’, which is 5ft 6in long and whose skeleton is almost identical to fossils from 30million years ago.  They are also the only salamanders with external fertilisation.

Read the full BBC News article here, also watch Dr Takeyoshi Tochimoto speak about the salamanders and a fight between two of the giant salamanders filmed by scientists at the Hanzaki Institute.


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