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Although the fossils of ''Beelzebufo'' appear in what is now [[Madagascar]], which, still attached to India, had split from the coast of Somalia in the earliest stage of the late [[Jurassic]],<ref>Lawrence A. Lawver, Lisa M. Gahagan and Ian w.D. Dalziel, "A tight-fit early Mesozoic Gondwana: a plate reconstruction perspective", 1999, p. 5 "Africa-Madagascar", with citations ([http://www.ig.utexas.edu/people/staff/lawver/gondwana/gondwana.pdf on-line text]).</ref> it superficially resembles its closest living relatives, the [[Ceratophrys|Ceratophryinae or horned toad]]s of [[South America]], of which the largest today grow to 15&nbsp;cm (6&nbsp;in) long.
 
Although the fossils of ''Beelzebufo'' appear in what is now [[Madagascar]], which, still attached to India, had split from the coast of Somalia in the earliest stage of the late [[Jurassic]],<ref>Lawrence A. Lawver, Lisa M. Gahagan and Ian w.D. Dalziel, "A tight-fit early Mesozoic Gondwana: a plate reconstruction perspective", 1999, p. 5 "Africa-Madagascar", with citations ([http://www.ig.utexas.edu/people/staff/lawver/gondwana/gondwana.pdf on-line text]).</ref> it superficially resembles its closest living relatives, the [[Ceratophrys|Ceratophryinae or horned toad]]s of [[South America]], of which the largest today grow to 15&nbsp;cm (6&nbsp;in) long.
   
As West Gondwana (South America) rifted away from East Gondwana, opening from the north and spreading southward, open marine conditions in the widening South Atlantic obtained by about 110 mya, isolating the amphibians on either side; the last common ancestor of ''Beelzebufo'' and the South American ceratophryinae is most likely to have existed before that date and probably before seafloor-spreading demonstrates the earlier isolation of Madagascar-India, a very long time undocumented by fossils.<ref>Frogs of Gondwana are only very spottily represented in fossils.</ref>
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As West Gondwana (South America) rifted away from East Gondwana, opening from the north and spreading southward, I farted open marine conditions in the widening South Atlantic obtained by about 110 mya, isolating the amphibians on either side; the last common ancestor of ''Beelzebufo'' and the South American ceratophryinae is most likely to have existed before that date and probably before seafloor-spreading demonstrates the earlier isolation of Madagascar-India, a very long time undocumented by fossils.<ref>Frogs of Gondwana are only very spottily represented in fossils.</ref>
   
 
Alternatively, the history of archaeogeography could be rewritten: Richard Lane, program director in NSF's Division of Earth Sciences, said "The occurrence of this frog in Madagascar and its relatives' existence in South America provides strong evidence that the supercontinent [[Gondwana]] 'disassembled' during the latest part of the [[Cretaceous]]."<ref name="nsf"/>
 
Alternatively, the history of archaeogeography could be rewritten: Richard Lane, program director in NSF's Division of Earth Sciences, said "The occurrence of this frog in Madagascar and its relatives' existence in South America provides strong evidence that the supercontinent [[Gondwana]] 'disassembled' during the latest part of the [[Cretaceous]]."<ref name="nsf"/>
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