Giant frog ate dinosaurs, according to a report in BBC News, 18 February 2008 and ABC News in Science, 19 Feb 2008. The fossil of an enormous frog, measuring 41cm long, (16.5 inches) has been found in Madagascar. Scientists estimate it weighed 4.2kg, (9lb) and is the largest frog, living or fossil found so far. The largest known living frog is the west African Goliath frog which can grow to 32cm (12.5 inches) and weigh up to 3.3kg (7lb). Susan Evans of University College London, one of the researchers who studied the frog described it as follows: “This frog, a relative of today’s horned toads, would have been the size of a slightly squashed beach-ball, with short legs and a big mouth.” It has been named Beelzebufo, meaning “devil frog”. According to David Krause of Stony Brook University, one of the scientists who found the fossil, “It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Beelzebufo took down lizards and mammals and smaller frogs, and even, considering its size, possibly hatchling dinosaurs”. The frog is believed to be about 70 million years old, so it is not the oldest frog. According to the ABC article, “The first frogs appeared about 180 million years ago and their basic body plan has remained unchanged.”


Editorial Comment: This fossil confirms that the fossil record of frogs fits with the Biblical history of the world and not with evolution. To say that frogs’ “basic body plan has remained unchanged” is another way of saying they haven’t evolved, but have multiplied after their kind as Genesis says they were created to do. The fact that Beelzebufo is now extinct and large frogs are very rare on the earth now indicates that living things are going downhill in size and numbers – exactly what you would expect in a world that has degenerated following human sin and God’s judgement. When the oldest fossil frog was found a few years ago, one palaeontologist claimed that frogs evolved jumping legs to avoid being eaten by dinosaurs. We wonder if someone will now come up with a theory that dinosaurs evolved large sizes to avoid being eaten by frogs. (Ref. amphibians, giants)

Evidence News 9 July 2008