Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have discovered the remains of a fossilized predator in southern Portugal. According to the researchers, Metoposaurus algarvensis was a relative of modern salamanders and grew to the size of a small car.
According to ITV, the petrified amphibian was discovered at the site of an ancient lake. According to Dr. Steve Brasset, Metoposaurus had a flat head and hundreds of very sharp teeth. “It was a ferocious predator, a thunderstorm of dinosaurs that came to the water to drink, long before the appearance of Tyrannosaurus-Rex,” added the scientist.
According to researchers, the family to which Metoposaurus algarvensis belonged died out about 201 million years ago, just at the end of the Triassic period, at the time of the beginning of the division of the Pangea supercontinent. Many species then disappeared, and dinosaurs began to rule the world. “Most modern amphibians are small and harmless, but in the Triassic period they were gigantic killers that filled rivers and lakes with horror,” said another member of the expedition, Dr. Richard Butler.