Wednesday, February 20

Pac-Man frogs, on steroids

Boy, no sooner do we lose a good friend than this pops up. An article in the New York Times reports on what may have been the biggest frog to ever have lived. The illustration compares the monster to today’s current size champ. Clarence would be, in comparison, like krill to a whale (well, that’s a little exaggerated, but you get my drift). Fortunately for the cats, squirrels, chickens and little kids in today’s world, these guys (and gals, since they were the bigger ones) are no longer around.

One thing that always intrigues me about these reconstructions from a few bones is, how do they know what color the thing was? Maybe the skin color was fluorescent chartreuse with flashing pink polka dots which made the poor thing stand out and attract predators much bigger than itself who made it their own hors d’oeuvres. As I recall, Pac-Man was pretty flashy himself.

Illustration from the NYT article

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