Thursday, April 10, 2008

Frog Devolves, Loses Lungs

What a wonderful world we live in. You can decaf or regular coffee, white or wheat bread, and now you can get frogs with or without lungs, according to a report at Reuters.

Apparently, a "rare and primitive" frog, deep in the Borneo jungle, has "evolved backwards" and traded in its lungs for oxygen-absorbing skin. We at Pound360 aren't sure what to make of this incredible development. While it seems cool that this creature has come up with an -- er, relatively -- alternative way of breathing. It's a step back right? Ah, we get in now. Retro. Okay, that's cool. So where do we sign up to be retro-biologists?

Creatures originally developed lungs millions of years ago when they crawled out of the oceans and started living on the land. But the Bornean frog isn't the first land-creature to get rid of its lungs. Some salamanders have also done this, thought it's "exceedingly rare," one expert told Reuters.

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