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Most scientists believe an asteroid struck Earth 66 MYA. This is what killed the dinosaurs and let other types of animals take over.

An axolotl is a strange looking amphibian. Axolotls are native to Mexico. Axolotls never leave the juvenile stage of metamorphosis. They have feathery gills on the outside of their heads that look a bit like a lion’s mane. Though, they have their gills forever, axolotls do have lungs. An Aztec legend says that axolotls were the god of fire and lightening.

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Making Connections


What part of the evolution of amphibians surprised you the most? Please explain your answer.


Have you read any other books about animal evolution? What did the evolution of those animals have in common with amphibian evolution?


There are thousands of species of amphibians in the world. With the help of an adult, look up information about your favorite amphibian. Write a short paragraph explaining why it is your favorite.

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