Rare 278m-year-old fossils found in Brazil

A team of international scientists have unearthed a major haul of amphibian and reptile fossils in northeastern Brazil.

The fossils are related to modern-day salamanders.

The fossils are related to modern-day salamanders. Image by Jelle / CC BY-SA 2.0

The fossils date back 278 million years, when all of the continents were joined together as the “supercontinent” of Pangea. Among them are two new species of "dvinosaur" - extinct eel-like relatives of the modern salamander - which were about 15 inches long, one of them with fangs and gills. Little is known about the animals and plants in this region of Pangea during the Permian period - the southern tropics don't contain many fossil finds, making this discovery all the more noteworthy. Read more: bbc.com

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