Imagine a frog that can swallow its eggs, brood its young in its stomach and give birth through its mouth.
The gastric brooding frog existed 30 years ago, but the extraordinary amphibian is now extinct.
In a world first, a team of Australian scientists has taken the first major step in bringing it back to life.
They have successfully reactivated its DNA and produced an embryo.
Professor Mike Archer from the University of
New South Wales is part of the team, which also includes researchers
from the University of Newcastle.
He says the amphibian was no ordinary frog.
the stomach these eggs went on to develop into tadpoles and the
tadpoles then went on to develop into little frogs,” he told ABC radio’s
“And like any pregnant mum, when you have little
babies rattling away in your stomach saying, ‘let me out’, she would
then open her mouth and out would pop little frogs.
Written By: Sarah Clarkecontinue to source article at abc.net.au