Ancient Amphibian Ancestor Named After Iconic Muppet: Meet Kermit the Proto-Frog

Frogging Back in Time: Kermit the Frog Honored with New Species Name as Ancient Amphibian Ancestor

Kermit the Frog has been honored with a new species name as ancient amphibian ancestor, Kermitops gratus. The creature lived 270 million years ago and had a skull size of the palm of your hand. The well-preserved fossilized bone, just over an inch long, has oval eye sockets that are reminiscent of the Muppets character.

Arjan Mann, a postdoctoral paleontologist who rediscovered the fossil in 2021, and paleontologist Nicholas Hotton III initially found it in Texas. Kermitops gratus is classified as a temnospondyl, a precursor to modern amphibians that existed between the Carboniferous and Triassic periods. The creature’s distinct wide face and eyes caught the attention of researchers. Despite some damage to the palate and brain case, the fossil displays remarkably preserved features, including tiny palpebral ossicles in the eyelids.

The choice to name this ancient amphibian after Kermit has been seen as a way to connect with the general public. Calvin So, a doctoral student at George Washington University and lead author of the study, believes that naming it Kermit helps bridge the gap between scientific research and public interest in paleontology. This unique choice of name highlights the importance of sharing scientific discoveries with a wider audience.

Kermitops gratus is significant because it provides valuable insights into how prehistoric creatures evolved over time. Its discovery also serves as a reminder that science can be fun and accessible to everyone.

In conclusion, naming this ancient amphibian after Kermit is not only unique but also highlights

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