amphibians

Extinct “Devil Frog” Sported Spikes, Body Armor

The giant “devil frog” was even more terrifying than previously thought, a new study says. Recent fossil analysis shows that the predatory amphibian, Beelzebufo ampinga, was smaller than first described, but had spiky flanges protruding from its skull and plate-like armor down its back. (Also see “7 Demonic Creatures: Thorny Devil, Satanic Gecko, More.”) Initially estimated…

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Forests and Flying Frogs: New Friends in Far Away Places

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– Although my passion for amphibians and their conservation brought me to this mountainous region in northern Vietnam in search of amphibians, this post isn’t about frogs, salamanders or caecilians. It’s about people….

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The Hidden World of Mozambique’s Sky Island Forests

Krystal Tolley is a National Geographic grantee discovering the diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the montane forests of Mozambique. —- The Afromontane archipelago of Mozambique is an unexplored, but potentially biologically important area which has rarely been surveyed. These montane isolates form an important, unexplored linkage between the better studied Eastern Arc Mountains and…

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The Hidden World of Mozambique’s Sky Island Forests

Krystal Tolley is a National Geographic grantee discovering the diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the montane forests of Mozambique. —- The Afromontane archipelago of Mozambique is an unexplored, but potentially biologically important area which has rarely been surveyed. These montane isolates form an important, unexplored linkage between the better studied Eastern Arc Mountains and…

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Forests and Flying Frogs: Surprise Sinkholes

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– I wake up with large, knobbly tree-roots digging into my back. Our basecamp in the forest has been leaning over more and more each night. It’s now reached the point that it…

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Forests and Flying Frogs: Surprise Sinkholes

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– I wake up with large, knobbly tree-roots digging into my back. Our basecamp in the forest has been leaning over more and more each night. It’s now reached the point that it…

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Forests and Flying Frogs: The Adventure Begins

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– In northwestern Vietnam, approximately 200 miles northwest of the claustrophobically crowded city of Hanoi, lies a tract of rugged limestone mountains covered with forest. Although the forest is used by the local people,…

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Forests and Flying Frogs: The Adventure Begins

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– In northwestern Vietnam, approximately 200 miles northwest of the claustrophobically crowded city of Hanoi, lies a tract of rugged limestone mountains covered with forest. Although the forest is used by the local people,…

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Flying Frog Photo-Bombs Rocket Launch

Less than a week after NASA launched its latest moon orbiter, the world appears to be abuzz, not about the mission, but about a tiny airborne frog that photo-bombed the liftoff photos. Late last Friday, September 6, the 70-foot (21-meter) high Minotaur V rocket carrying NASA’s car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) lifted…

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Misty Mountains and Moss Frogs: The Road Home

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– Today we are leaving the village and heading back to Hanoi. Up at 6am, we begin packing. Once all of our gear is more or less confined within duffel bags, hiking packs,…

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Misty Mountains and Moss Frogs: The Road Home

Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.  —– Today we are leaving the village and heading back to Hanoi. Up at 6am, we begin packing. Once all of our gear is more or less confined within duffel bags, hiking packs,…

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