CHIKILIDAE - NEW AMPHIBIAN
DISCOVERED IN INDIA
An entirely new family of limbless amphibians was discovered in northeastern India in 2012.
Part of the caecilian order of amphibians, these creatures look more like earthworms than frogs or toads because of the inexistence of limbs in their bodies. These amphibians, christened Chikilidae, build underground nests and can grow to be more than a meter (3.2 foot) in length.
DNA analysis of the specimens found that their closest relatives are the Herpelidae in Africa, from which they deflected about 140 million years ago. The discovery of the Chikilidae is a great step in understanding amphibian evolution.
Clancy's comment: Another survivor.
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