Do big tadpoles become big frogs?

"We wanted to know, do large frogs have large tadpoles and small frogs small tadpoles, or are the sizes between the two decoupled?'"

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution frogs amphibians science-and-technology

Why frogs are green to the bone

Why are frogs green? Their color comes from a clever biochemical workaround that combines an odd protein choice and a potential poison in the blood.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution skin frogs colors proteins featured science-and-technology

Treefrogs fool predators with mating call choirs

Male treefrogs throw off predators teaming up with others to sing out their mating calls in quick succession, researchers say.

Abbey Nickel-Purdue • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: frogs science-and-technology sounds mating predators

Coquí frog has hung around Caribbean for 29M years

The discovery of a 29 million-year-old fossil heralds the coquí frog, the national symbol of Puerto Rico, as the oldest frog in the Caribbean.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: fossils frogs earth-and-environment

Some blobby frog heads hide amazing spiny skulls

Beneath their slick skin, some frog skulls sport spines, spikes, and other skeletal secrets called hyperossification.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution skeletons frogs bones amphibians featured science-and-technology skulls

Little Devil frogs feed their babies poison eggs for good reason

Two species of poison frogs from distant parts of the world both feed their young unfertilized, toxin-laced eggs. New research uncovers why.

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 22, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: evolution mothers frogs eggs toxins science-and-technology

This frog’s mating call attracts predators, too

The mating calls túngara frogs make have an unfortunate side effect: attracting one of their main predators.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: conservation frogs communication featured science-and-technology predators mating-call

Scrambled frog eggs reform into cell-like structures

"If you blend a computer, you'd end up with tiny bits of computer.... But, lo and behold, the cytoplasm reorganizes."

Stanford • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: frogs eggs cells self-assembly health-and-medicine

Team finds deadly fungus in Amazon frogs for the first time

Scientists thought lowland frogs living in the Peruvian Amazon were safe from the deadly chytrid fungus. A new study shows that's not the case.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: frogs fungus infections amphibians featured science-and-technology

Killer fungus is wiping out world’s amphibians

An invasive fungus has led to the decline of 501 species of amphibians. Scientists say we're running out of time to come up with a solution.

U. Melbourne • futurity
April 2, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: skin frogs fungi invasive-species amphibians science-and-technology

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