Go home, evolution. You are drunk.
New skin-eating amphibian discovered
This new species, named Microcaecilia dermatophaga, is the first species of caecilian to be discovered in French Guiana for 150 years, and is one of only four species whose young are known to feed in this way. Its name, which means 'little skin-eating caecilian', refers to this unusual child-rearing strategy.
'What we've found is another species that's a skin-feeder, but most importantly, it's another species that's quite distantly related to other skin-feeders we've found, meaning that skin-feeding is probably an ancestral characteristic for caecilians,' says Dr Emma Sherratt from Harvard University, who discovered them during her PhD when she was working at the Natural History Museum, London.