The giant frog even devoured dinosaurs – it lived on Earth 68,000,000 years ago


In Madagascar, it was still gigantic towards the end of the Cretaceous Beelzebub is a shield frog, whose diet apparently included small dinosaurs. It is reminiscent in appearance of those living in South America today Ceratophrysrhinos of the genus.

Beelzebufo (whose name is a combination of the ancient God of Beelzebub and the buf for the villain) lived about 68 million years ago. Conclusions on its biting power have been drawn from a study that has also focused on the diet and biting of current rhinos.

A study by the University of Adelaide in Australia, University College London and two California universities was published four years ago in the journal Nature. Scientific Reports series.

Unlike most frogs and frogs, which usually settle for very small prey, rhinos have quite a bite force: when the head width is 4.5 cm, the bite force is 30 newtons (N), which is equivalent to three pounds. Indeed, they can eat pre-sized or even larger prey: other frogs, snakes, smaller mammals.

The largest rhinos living in the tropical and subtropical forests of the Lowlands of South America have a head width of 10 cm and a biting force of nearly 500 N. It is equivalent to the biting power of reptiles and mammals of the same size.

With a corresponding scaling, it has been concluded that the bite force of the ancient beelzebufo, which is very similar in structure, has been as high as 2,200 N. The corresponding bite force is, for example, female tigers and wolves.

So Beelzebufo’s diet has well included dinosaurs of its own size and even larger ones. The biting power of frogs was not just measured in the studies prior to this study.

Although frogs and frogs are spoken in Finnish (and also in English) in different words, they are not biologically different lines, but all different frogs belong to frogs.


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