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New proto-amphibian species named after Kermit the Frog

New proto-amphibian species named after Kermit the Frog

It’s not easy being green, but a newly described amphibian ancestor is seeing limelight after decades safely tucked away in the Smithsonian’s National Fossil Collection in Washington DC. This new species is named Kermitops gratus, in honor of world-famous amphibian Kermit the Frog. It lived more than 270 million years ago and its discovery is altering the story of amphibian evolution. The findings are described in a study published March 21 in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.  A stout salamander-like creature  Based on an inch-long skull fossil, scientists believed that Kermitops likely would have resembled a stout salamander. The fossil has large, oval-shaped eye sockets, much like the distinct eyes on the Muppet it is named after. Kermitops was likely a temnospondyl–a member of a diverse group of early amphibian relatives that lived for more than 200 million years from the Carboniferous Period up to to the Triassic.  “It probably was a little more terrestrial than some other frogs and salamanders,” study co-author and Smithsonian vertebrate paleontologist Arjan Mann tells PopSci. “The ecosystems …

‘National treasure? It’s better than crackhead’: Shaun Ryder and Kermit on the return of Black Grape | Music

‘National treasure? It’s better than crackhead’: Shaun Ryder and Kermit on the return of Black Grape | Music

In 1993, after the release of Happy Mondays’ fourth album, Yes Please!, a commercial car crash that helped bankrupt Manchester’s Factory Records, the band disintegrated. Their drug-fuelled antics during the recording in Barbados were the final straw. However, lead singer Shaun Ryder wasted no time in spawning his next musical project, Black Grape, that same year, along with Mondays maracas man Bez and Paul Leveridge, AKA Kermit, of Ruthless Rap Assassins. An inspired mix of dance-rock, acid house and rap, Black Grape’s 1995 debut LP It’s Great When You’re Straight … Yeah went to No 1 in the UK and attained platinum status. As with the Mondays, Black Grape have seen various hiatuses and reunions in the years since. Now just made up of Ryder and Leveridge, the band are back with their fourth studio album, Orange Head, recorded in the Spanish mountains of Granada with producer Youth. We caught up with Ryder and Kermit, in Salford and Liverpool respectively, in between some of their live shows, to discuss drugs, death and Nigel Farage … Hi …