Scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of extinct amphibian that used its powerful sticky tongue to catch insects.
Caste, chemnitzian richteriAccording to researchers in Germany, used ambush tactics to get food.
With its massive head and small body, this creature evolved over 300 million years ago in the forests around East Germany.
The new species was discovered by scientists at an excavation site where once a petrified forest was located.
Chemnitz city official Ralf Burghardt said: “The remains of the species were discovered on the Frankenberger road in Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf, where the local fire station is located today.”
The Saxon Railway Museum is located just a few miles down the road.
Local media praised the discovery as a “paleolithic sensation”.
Dr. Thorid Zeerold, curator of the Chemnitz Natural History Museum, explained: “The chemnitzian richteri was an insectivore.
“It was able to powerfully project its large sticky tongue out of its mouth to capture insects and clear animals.”
The amphibian belongs to a group called Labyrinthodontia, Ancient Greek for “maze-toothed”.
Experts say that amphibians flourished in the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, about 400 million to 120 million years ago.
The specific type was inhabited by researchers from the Chemnitz Petrified Forest, discovered 291 million years ago.
According to experts from the Chemnitz Natural History Museum and the University of Technology Freiburg, the German species had short legs and a large head.
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The scientists emphasize that the general construction of the species is quite different from the previously known insectivorous amphibians.
a 3D reconstruction of chemnitzian richteri According to the institution’s director, Dr. Ronnie Rosler, will be displayed at the local Natural History Museum.
Scientists from Chemnitz, near Freiburg, the Thuringian city of Schlesingen and Berlin took part in the excavation and research.
The petrified forest of Chemnitz is one of the most important archaeological sites in the region.
With 300,000 objects on display, the Natural History Museum Chemnitz is one of the largest and best-known institutions of its kind in East Germany.
Because of its unique characteristics, Chemnitz officials decided to give the recently discovered species a new name.
While scientists and city officials wanted to underline its origins with the first part of its name, “Richtery” refers to a respected local researcher.
Chemnitz is the third largest city in the German state of Saxony. It has about 245,000 inhabitants. It is located 155 miles south of the federal capital Berlin and 35 miles from the Czech border.
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