Triassic of Algarve (Portugal)

The Triassic of Algarve yielded fascinating discoveries. Prehistoric amphibians, phytosaurs and other creatures inhabited what is now the southern-most part of Portugal.

Metoposaurus algarvensis, a salamander-like creature, had an unusual appearance. The amphibian was "as long as a small car and had hundreds of sharp teeth in its big flat head, which kind of looks like a toilet seat when the jaws snap shut", according to the words of Dr Steve Brusatte (lead author of the study). With such a guise, it is no wonder that Metoposaurus became an internet sensation in 2015. The illustration featured in several news media such as Science Magazine, The Guardian and the BBC.

 

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Metoposaurus algarvensis, a salamander-like amphibian from the Triassic of Portugal.

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Unnamed phytosaur from the Triassic of Algarve (Portugal).

Figura 5 Loulé Exposição MNA Metoposaurus e fitossauro por NR2017

Exhibition: LOULÉ. Territórios, Memórias, Identidades: Metoposaurus algarvensis
and unnamed phytosaur
in exhibition at the National Archaeology Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Joana Bruno is a scientific illustrator developing images, infographics and materials for science communication.

Joana Bruno is a scientific illustrator developing images,
infographics and materials for science communication.

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