Thursday, January 12, 2012

World's smallest frog discovered

The story on the BBC News website that the world's smallest frog has been discovered. Really? Wow!

Smallest frog? Picture from the BBC News story.

No!! Have they taken a measurement and not bothered to look up the standard measurements of other frogs? Are they now certain that there are no more species of frog that could ever be found? Perhaps even they have discovered some theoretical reason why a frog could never possibly be smaller? Maybe I'm being overly pedantic, but surely it should be (along the lines of) "a new species of frog has been discovered, which is now the smallest known species of frog". I doubt such a claim would be in a peer reviewed paper, so maybe this is just sloppy wording to maximise 'impact' on the website...


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