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Prehistoric Giant Frog Named After The Devil


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Paleontologist David Krause of Stony Brook University, New York, and colleagues discovered the remains of one helluva big frog - named after the devil - that lived 65 million to 70 million years ago:

Scientists on Monday announced the discovery in northwestern Madagascar of a bulky amphibian dubbed the "devil frog" that lived 65 million to 70 million years ago and was so nasty it may have eaten newborn dinosaurs.

This brute was larger than any frog living today and may be the biggest frog ever to have existed, according to paleontologist David Krause of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, one of the scientists who found the remains.

Its name, Beelzebufo ampinga, came from Beelzebub, the Greek for devil, and bufo -- Latin for toad. Ampinga means "shield," named for an armor-like part of its anatomy.

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From Columbia Encyclopedia:

Baal-zebub (b?'?l-z?'b?b) [Heb.,=lord of flies], a deliberate Hebrew distortion of the name of the god of Ekron in 2 Kings. In the Gospels of Mark and Luke, Beelzebul, the Greek form of the epithet Baal-zebul [Baal the Prince], is encountered. See Baal and Satan.
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"Its name, Beelzebufo ampinga, came from Beelzebub, the Greek for devil, and bufo — Latin for toad"

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Morons, "Beelzebub" is derived from the Hebrew. The Greeks had nothing to do with it.

One would think that with the whole WEB available for quick look-ups that whoever wrote that nonsense would have checked the source.
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