Indian Frog Living Fossil

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Indian frog is a living fossil, as reported in Nature vol. 425, p711, 16 October 2003. Scientists have analysed the DNA of a strange purple burrowing frog recently discovered in India and found it is similar to some frogs that are only found in the Seychelles Islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles frogs are considered to be living fossils whose origins are back in the dinosaur age. The Indian frog, described in a BBC news report 17 October 2003 as looking like "a squat, grumpy blob rather than a living creature" is quite different from other frogs and has been classified as a new family as well as a new genus and species. It has been given the name Nasikabatrachus. The first part of the name is derived from the Sanskrit word "nasik", meaning nose, because the frog has a distinct white protrusion on its snout.

Editorial Comment: Scientists believe this frog has been around since the age of the dinosaurs. How ever far back you believe that was, the frog has not changed since then, i.e. it has reproduced after its kind, just as Genesis said it would.

Its name is also interesting for linguists studying the history of languages. The Sanskrit word for nose, "nasik" is very similar to the Latin word "nasus" meaning nose, which is the root of the English word "nasal" the adjective used to describe things associated with the nose. (Ref. frog, India, Sanskrit)

 

 

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