Scientists find rare 99-million-year-old amber fossil of prehistoric frog

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In the film Jurassic Park, dinosaur DNA is extracted from mosquitoes which had been preserved in amber.

Now, scientists have discovered an amber fossil of a juvenile frog in present-day Myanmar dating back about 99 million years.

Although the species is extinct, it has now been named Electrorana limoae and is one of four fossils that proves ancient frogs lived in wet tropical forests.

“It’s almost unheard of to get a fossil frog from this time period that is small, has preservation of small bones and is mostly three-dimensional. This is pretty special,” said Dr David Blackburn.

Dr Blackburn, who is the study’s co-author and the associate curator of herpetology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, added: “But what’s most exciting about this animal is its context.

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