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Old 01-23-2017, 09:02 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Extinct wolf-sized otter fossils discovered in China

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Paleontologists working in China have uncovered the fossilized remains of a previously unknown species of ancient otter. Weighing 110 pounds, these fearsome predators were among the largest otters to have ever lived.

The otter family dates back over 18 million years, but not much is known about these semi-aquatic creatures owing to the poor fossil record. Only a few ancient species are known, identified from isolated bits of teeth found in Thailand.

The recent discovery of a complete skull and mandible, along with the partial skeletons of three individuals, is offering an unprecedented glimpse into the evolution of these animals. The remains were discovered by American paleontologists who were working at the Shuitangba Site in northeastern Yunnan Province in southwest China, in what used to be an ancient lakebed.

As described in the latest edition of Journal of Systematic Paleontology, these ancient otters lived about 6.2 million years ago and weighed about 110 pounds, which is about the size of a wolf—and twice the size of the largest living otters.

The giant otters featured large, powerful jaws, and enlarged bunodont (rounded, cusped) teeth, characteristic of other otter lineages. These otters, now dubbed Siamogale melilutra, likely swam around the shallow, swampy waters of ancient China, hunting for clams and other shellfish. And like modern otters, they probably used their powerful teeth to crack mollusks.

Using CT scans, a research team led by Denise Su from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History created a digital reconstruction of the skull and mandible, revealing both otter-like and badger-like characteristics. The name itself, melilutra, combines the Latin names for badger (meles) and otter (lutra).

“While the cranium is incredibly complete, it was flattened during the fossilization process,” said Su in a statement. “The bones were so delicate that we could not physically restore the cranium. Instead, we CT-scanned the specimen and virtually reconstructed it in a computer.”

Looking ahead to future research, the scientists would like to understand why these otters grew so large, and how these semi-aquatic predators were able to move on land given their size.
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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/...9.2016.1267666
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Old 01-24-2017, 12:06 AM   #2
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The ancient cave Chinese ate them all.
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Old 01-24-2017, 12:26 PM   #3
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Lies! The earth is only 6,000 years old.
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double the size?
shit didn't know there
were 50lb ottsrs,holy shit,lol
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double the size?
shit didn't know there
were 50lb ottsrs,holy shit,lol

I know!...but apparently, a sea Otter can weight up to 60lb's!
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:42 PM   #6
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Let me know when they discover the fossilized bones of Jimmy Hoffa.
So what have we all learned from all these bones we keeping digging up besides left wing politics?
How exactly have they enriched our lives beyond mild entertainment?
Human history at least is more appealing for the sake of understanding yet as with all this still convoluted and opinionated to the point of cliff hanging stories for more funding.
It should be a passion pursued and privately funded not shoved up our ass as a Hollywood movie for government funding.
In short .. they otter look elsewhere for money.
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I know!...but apparently, a sea Otter can weight up to 60lb's!
sea otter,ya that makes sense.....and probable
the fuckers over by Austraila eat great whites
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Our otters can get around 30 pounds.
Mean little bastards.
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I know!...but apparently, a sea Otter can weight up to 60lb's!
up to 100 pounds in the northern seas.
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South American Giant otter weight is 26 and 32 kg (57 and 71 lb) for males and 22 and 26 kg (49 and 57 lb) for females
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