Purple Frog an evolutionary marvel!!!!!
December 7, 2008 10:12pm CST
This is just amazing to me! The chubby, seven-centimetre-long, purple amphibian with a pointy snout was discovered just five years ago in western India, likely escaped detection because it lives underground, emerging for just two weeks during the monsoon season. Distinguished by a pointed snout, it's related to a family of frogs now found only on the Seychelles islands, which split from India 100 million years ago. It has been named Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis. Nasikabratrachus is a combination of Sanskrit and Latin and translates as "frog with a nose". Scientists say approximately 4,800 currently known species of frogs belong to 29 families, most of which were named by the mid-1800s. The newly-discovered creature, described today in the journal Nature, diverged from its closest relatives during the heyday of the dinosaurs some 130 million years ago. http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/pc/purplefrog.html