So disgusting yet so awesome at the same time!
Alas, it still won’t give us feisty dinosaurs from the Triassic, but scientists have managed to use a cloning technique to resurrect an extinct frog that gives birth by upchucking its little ones.
No really, this type of frog incubates its eggs in its stomach — a technique known as”gastric-brooding” — sort of like the gut-dwelling monstrosities in the Alien films. Except its completely non-sinister babies don’t come tearing out of their mother’s stomachs, they simply make their way up the gullet and out of the mouth. The eggs are coated in an acid-inhibiting substance, which allows the embryos to do their thing undisturbed.
And yet by 1983, gastric-brooding frogs had become extinct for reasons no one’s entirely clear on (scientists suspect various non-human causes, including habitat loss, parasites and a type of fungal infection). How do you bring an odd-sounding…
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