Thursday, October 2, 2008

Unholy Terrorbeasts from Pangea

Specifically, Kryostega collinsoni. Its fossil was recently discovered, and it's not what you'd call "cuddly."

It's a fifteen-foot-long salamander with a wider, flatter skull than a crocodile. Its head was over two feet long. Its enormous teeth, some of which are placed on the roof of its mouth in a gnarly configuration that makes british dentistry look like an uncanny marvel of symmetry, mean that it can bite you, and then bite you a second time when you are safely inside its mouth.

"This animal was a predator taking down large prey," says one of the scientists who discovered it. That's not exactly comforting.

Still, it hasn't been around since the days of Pangea, so its nothing to lose sleep over, I guess.

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