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SMOOTH NEWT

Thankfully no longer the size of cars, newts exhibit two kinds of life, says Susanne Masters

Back in the days of killer newts the size of cars, swimming for fun wouldn’t have been a priority. But Metoposaurus algarvensis, the fearsomely toothy and giant ancestor of newts, rampaged in the Triassic period long before humans or anything resembling our ancestors existed. When you see tiny-toothed smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris) small enough to sit in the palm of your hand you are looking at a creature with ancient lineage, older than dinosaurs.

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