Mass monster grave found, according to reports in BBC News and ScienceDaily 24 March 2015. Steve Brusatte, a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh, and colleagues have found a “big mass grave of monstrous amphibians” in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. The creatures were about two metres (6ft 6in) long, with big flat heads and hundreds of sharp teeth. Brusatte described them as “basically a salamander that’s the size of a car”. He went on to say: “It’s one of those creatures from the distant past that looks like an alien – but it actually has quite a lot of relevance. These kind of big amphibians were the ancestral stock that modern frogs, salamanders and newts came from”. These are not the largest amphibian fossils ever found, but compared with living amphibians, such as newts and frogs, they are monsters.

Brusatte’s team have found the bones of ten individuals, but have only explored a small part of the formation and expect to find many more. They suggest several hundred of the creatures may have died when the lake they inhabited dried up.

The creatures have been named Metoposaurus algarvensis and are dated as Late Triassic, 220-230 million years ago. Large amphibians are believed to have died out around 200 million years ago during a time of massive volcanic eruptions, but according to Brusatte, “In a way it was the death of these things that allowed the dinosaurs and mammals to take over”.

Links: BBC, ScienceDaily

Editorial Comment: These fossils show that salamanders used to be monsters and we know that at present most of them are now midgets. The Chinese Giant Salamander has been known to grow up to six feet (1.8m) long, but most living salamanders are between 10cm and 20cm (4 to 8 inches) long. Many salamander species have died out, and those that remain have only been observed to reproduce salamanders, not any other kind of amphibian. Salamanders may have changed by diminishing in size, but they have not evolved.

Neither is there any evidence that modern day frogs and toads are descended from these fossilised salamanders or any salamanders. All fossil frogs and toads are fully formed frogs and toads.

Furthermore, go and do some real science and observe a drying up lake to see it never produces a mass grave like this fossil deposit. It takes a rapid deposit of huge amounts of sediment to bury hundreds of car-sized monsters in a mass grave.

Altogether, these fossils remind us that the real history of the world follows the pattern described in Genesis. Amphibians were created as separate kinds, living in a good world that supported large water-dependent animals, but they have now shrunk, and many have died out, as the environment has degenerated. Some were rapidly buried and fossilised due to catastrophic flooding, beginning at Noah’s flood and continuing in a catastrophe plagued world ever since. (Ref. amphibians, vertebrates, fossilisation, degeneration)

Evidence News vol. 15, No. 5
15 April 2015
Creation Research Australia