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Native to Madagascar, Boophis picturatus lives in moist forests and rivers. Photo courtesy of Brian Freiermuth

Extinction event that wiped out dinosaurs cleared way for frogs

The mass extinction that obliterated three-fourths of life on Earth, including non-avian dinosaurs, set the stage for the swift rise of frogs, a new study shows. In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

Young hellbenders need a kids’ menu

Juvenile hellbenders have a different diet than adults, a finding that could help improve conservation efforts of the giant aquatic salamanders. A study of diet samples from young hellbenders, taken non-lethally, showed they mostly eat mayfly and cad...