This tiny amphibian that outlived the dinosaurs provides the earliest example of a rapid-fire tongue

This rendering of the Yaksha perettii skull shows the extinct amphibian’s soft tissue and projectile tongue apparatus (in orange). Credit: Edward Stanley/Florida Museum of Natural History, Author provided Albanerpetontids, or “albies” for short, are the cute little salamander-like amphibians you’ve likely never heard of. Now extinct, Albies had a dream run. They’d been around since […]

Earliest example of a rapid-fire tongue found in ‘weird and wonderful’ extinct amphibians — ScienceDaily

Fossils of bizarre, armored amphibians known as albanerpetontids provide the oldest evidence of a slingshot-style tongue, a new Science study shows. Despite having lizardlike claws, scales and tails, albanerpetontids — mercifully called “albies” for short — were amphibians, not reptiles. Their lineage was distinct from today’s frogs, salamanders and caecilians and dates back at least […]