Friday, August 10, 2007

The Case of the Purple Frog

The Centre Fold of this Month's issue of "Queer Creatures" (no sexual pun intended!) is the one and only prehistoric purple frog, Nasikabatrachus Sahyadrensis. "Nasika" means "nose" in Sanskrit, "batrachus" is "frog" and Sahyadro is the mountain in Kerala, India, on which it was found. This living fossil was thought to have become extinct millions of years ago, and some even suggested that it never existed, until it was discovered a few years ago.

Its amazing what curious creatures of the deep and land animals inhabit our planet. Sadly, there are also many that we lose everyday, like the Yangtze River Dolphin which has been declared extinct in December 2006.

~The Flyer


Victor Tabbycat said...

Hi! That rat looks like a squirrel wif a rat head. I thot all rats had skinny, furless tails!

Christine and FAZ said...

Nice colour shame about the face. FAZ