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Scientists have discovered Gaiasia jennyae, a salamander-like tetrapod with a two-foot skull and huge fangs, in Namibia. This eight-foot-long apex predator, the largest tetrapod with digits found to date, lived before the dinosaurs. It had a broad, flat, diamond-shaped head and was likely a suction feeder with a powerful bite. The discovery, led by Claudia A. Marsicano and Jason D. Pardo, challenges the belief that early tetrapods were mostly near the equator, showing they were more widespread and adaptable to different climates.

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