About Rhadinosteus parvus:
Rhadinosteus is a small Jurassic frog with a body length of about half an inch. Its name means "small slender bone." It was found in pond deposits and was probably aquatic. Like all modern frogs, it was a carnivore and probably fed on small insects.
Why is Rhadinosteus parvus a superstar?
Rhadinosteus has only ever been found at Dinosaur. It is the only complete frog from the Morrison and one of few complete frogs from anywhere in the Jurassic. Usually only fragments of frog bone are found as fossils. However, a slab that was found at Dinosaur contains over a dozen skeletons.Although it can be challenging to see the individual frogs' shapes in the slab, close inspection reveals mostly complete specimens.
Jurassic Fact: Because they all died as they were metamorphosing, the Rhadinosteus skeletons do not have fully adult anatomy.
For more information: Visit the Quarry Exhibit Hall where a cast is on display. A cast of the Rhadinosteus slab is also on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Did You Know?
Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, but lizards are still a common sight at Dinosaur National Monument. The small, inquisitive reptiles have endured on Earth for more than 300 million years, far outlasting their giant cousins.