Amphibian Missing Link Named for Kermit the Frog

Published: March 21, 2024
Categories: News

Meanwhile, at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, scientists have discovered a 270 million-year-old fossil that looks like a distant cousin of a certain familiar frog.

I won’t claim to know anything about fossils or evolution or sciencey facts, but it seems that this new discovery is a missing link in the evolution of the modern amphibian. And because – according to the scientists – it sort of looks like Kermit, they’ve named it Kermitops gratus.

Kermitops gratus (left) and a common amphibian skull (right)

After this news broke, we got word from Kermit the Frog himself (no, really!), and here’s what he had to say about this monumental news:

“When the Smithsonian team approached me asking to name a newly-discovered amphibian species after me, I was truly honored… and a little puzzled. I don’t quite see the resemblance, but Miss Piggy and the other Muppets assured me it’s uncanny! Wait ‘til I tell my family in the swamp about our new great-great-great-great-great aunt or uncle – although we never got any gifts from them, so maybe they’re not that great.”

Thanks for the quote, Kermit! And congratulations on making it into the scientific journals.

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