New amphibious animal fossil discovered

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new species has been discovered in the Pecos Valley, near Santa Rosa. It dates all the way back to the Triassic Period . This would mean that it lived before the first dinosaurs. After a three year dig, its fossil now resides at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science, where you can now see it on display.

It is said that the animal most closely relates to that of current day frogs and salamanders. Because of its amphibious nature, it likely was a water dweller.

Our guest, Larry Rinehart, was apart of the dig, and was there when they first discovered it. You can learn more about this most recent discovery by visiting provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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