1. Fossilised amphibian hints at earliest evidence of 'slingshot' tongue  The Guardian
  2. Earliest example of a rapid-fire tongue found in 'weird and wonderful' extinct amphibians  Phys.org
  3. Scientists Find the World's Oldest Chameleon-Like Tongue Preserved in Amber  Smithsonian Magazine
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Albanerpetontids, originating possibly 250m years ago, snatched prey with ballistic tongue, say scientistsAlbanerpetontids, originating possibly 250m years ago, snatched prey with ballistic tongue, say scientists

Fossilised amphibian hints at earliest evidence of 'slingshot' tongue | Fossils | The Guardian

Researchers reveal they misidentified a fossil encased in amber. Originally thought to be a chameleon, the creature is instead a kind of amphibian.Researchers reveal they misidentified a fossil encased in amber. Originally thought to be a chameleon, the creature is instead a kind of amphibian.

Scientists think they've solved a 99 million-year-old fossil mystery

Extant amphibians are represented by three fairly simple morphologies: the mostly hopping frogs and toads, the low-crawling salamanders, and the limbless caecilians. Until the early Pleistocene—and for more than 165 million years—there was another group, the albanerpetontids. We know little about this group because amphibian fossils are poorly preserved, and previous specimens from this group are both rare and mostly badly damaged. Daza et al. describe a set of fossils preserved in amber showing that this group was unusual both in their habitat use (they may been climbers) and their feeding mode, which appears to have been convergent with the ballistic feeding now seen in chameleons (see the Perspective by Wake). Science , this issue p. [687][1]; see also p. [654][2] Albanerpetontids are tiny, enigmatic fossil amphibians with a distinctive suite of characteristics, including scales and specialized jaw and neck joints. Here we describe a new genus and species of albanerpetontid, represented by fully articulated and three-dimensional specimens preserved in amber. These specimens preserve skeletal and soft tissues, including an elongated median hyoid element, the tip of which remains embedded in a distal tongue pad. This arrangement is very similar to the long, rapidly projecting tongue of chameleons. Our results thus suggest that albanerpetontids were sit-and-wait ballistic tongue feeders, extending the record of this specialized feeding mode by around 100 million years. [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.abb6005 [2]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.abe7826

Enigmatic amphibians in mid-Cretaceous amber were chameleon-like ballistic feeders | Science

Fossils of bizarre, armored amphibians known as albanerpetontids provide the oldest evidence of a slingshot-style tongue, a new Science study shows.

Earliest example of a rapid-fire tongue found in 'weird and wonderful' extinct amphibians

Scientists from the Florida Museum of Natural History uncovered the fossil of a creature known as albanerpetontids with the frog-like projectile tongue.Scientists from the Florida Museum of Natural History uncovered the fossil of a creature known as albanerpetontids with the frog-like projectile tongue.

Tiny armored amphibian was first with a slingshot-style tongue like a frog | Daily Mail Online

A skull and soft tissue perfectly kept in resin show that an ancient amphibian had a tongue that was both fast and extendableA skull and soft tissue perfectly kept in resin show that an ancient amphibian had a tongue that was both fast and extendable

Scientists Find the World’s Oldest Chameleon-Like Tongue Preserved in Amber | Science | Smithsonian Magazine