Paleontologists Find 278-Million-Year-Old Amphibian, Reptile Fossils in Brazil

With the help of ancient fossils unearthed in northeastern Brazil, an international team of paleontologists has identified several amphibian species and a reptile that lived 278 million years ago (middle Permian epoch) in tropical lakes of the western part of the supercontinent Gondwana.

“Almost all of our knowledge about land animals from this time, comes from a handful of regions in North America and western Europe, which were located near the equator. Now we finally have information about what kinds of animals were present in areas farther to the south, and their similarities and differences to the animals living near the equator,” said Dr Kenneth Angielczyk from the Field Museum of Natural History, a team member and a co-author of a paper in the journal Nature Communications.

Source: Paleontologists Find 278-Million-Year-Old Amphibian, Reptile Fossils in Brazil | Paleontology | Sci-News.com

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