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  'Living fossil' hops out of past
Updated 16 October 2003, 14.28
Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis
A new species of frog has been discovered whose ancestors hopped around the feet of dinosaurs.

Scientists describe the burrowing frog, which looks like a fat purple plum, as a 'living fossil', and have called it Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis.

It was found in southern India, and is part of a whole new family of species, related to prehistoric frogs who hopped about 65-80 million years ago.

Scientists have called the discovery a "once in a century find".

The last time a new family of frogs was discovered was 1926.

The frog's nearest relatives are found on the Seychelles, which are separated from India by 3000 miles of ocean.

That's a long way to go for a family reunion!

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