Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Prosalirus bitis

Prosalirus from the Early Jurassic of Arizona is perhaps the earliest known jumping frog.

Prosalirus bitis
Shubin & Jenkins, 1995
Meaning of generic name
Latin, prosalire, to leap forward
Meaning of specific name
Navajo bitis, high over it.
Skull length: , Length: 4-5 cm
Holotype (MNA V8725): associated remains of at least two individuals.

Referred materials: MCZ 9324A, MCZ 9323A
Age and Distribution
Horizon: Kayenta Formation, early Jurassic (Plienbaschian).

Locality: Gold Spring Quarry, Adeii Eechii Cliffs, Coconino County, Arizona, US.
Lissamphibia Salientia Notobatrachidae
Further Reading
N. H. Shubin and F. A. Jenkins. 1995. An Early Jurassic jumping frog. Nature 377:49-52.
Image by Nobu Tamura (click to enlarge)
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