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[*] Post 519683 posted on 11-8-2019 at 02:27 Reply With Quote
Goliath Frogs



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They construct breeding sites for their offspring, carrying rocks up to 2 kg.
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"We think that this laborious activity may explain why adult frogs need to be giants in the first place," said Marvin Schäfer, lead author of the study, in a press release.

They "need to be giants"--sounds like design language to me. They needed to be that large to function that way, and behold! They are!;)
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[*] Post 519685 posted on 11-8-2019 at 07:31 Reply With Quote


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This nest-building behavior might actually have driven the hefty amphibians to grow so big. Shifting rocks and clearing leaves or pebbles from a pool is a serious physical task for a frog—you might need to be a foot long to do it. It stands to reason that, in a species that uses this method to protect its young, individuals capable of moving bigger stones and creating higher barriers around their nests would have more offspring.

What’s not exactly clear yet is who does the building. Local frog hunters say they think the males build the nest, then emit a kind of whistling sound to call a female over for mating (Goliaths don’t have normal frog throat architecture, and are otherwise completely mute).




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An interesting example of adaptation. No one has seen them move the stones yet though according to this article.
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[*] Post 519686 posted on 11-8-2019 at 07:38 Reply With Quote


Fascinating. Must be a sign of intelligence.
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