Salamander Origins Pegged to Asia

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 28, 2001   View Article

A day in the life of ancient salamanders was frozen in time when hot ash from a cataclysmic volcanic eruption inundated a pond in northern China 150 million years ago.

More than 500 fossil specimens were collected from the site, some with rare soft-tissue impressions. These fossils fill a huge gap in the fossil record and offer compelling evidence for an Asian origin of the salamanders that roam Earth’s temperate and tropical forests today.

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