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Prosalirus bitis

Prosalirus bitis
Temporal range: Early Jurassic[1]
Prosalirus bitis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Prosaliridae
Genus: Prosalirus
Species: P. bitis
Binomial name
Prosalirus bitis
Shubin & Jenkins, 1995

Prosalirus bitis is the name given to a fossil frog found in Arizona in 1981 by Farish Jenkins, which has primitive features, but has mostly lost the salamander-like traits of its ancestors. It has a skeleton designed to absorb the force of jumping with its hind legs and tail. It is thought to have lived 190 million years ago, well before the first known modern frog, the Sanyanlichan.[2] As of 2009, only three Prosalirus skeletons have been discovered.[1]

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