Oldest Fur Seal Fossils Identified Make Scientists Question Sea Lion Evolution

February 16, 2015 12:28 PM

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Robert Boessenecker, a paleontologist from the University of Otago of New Zealand, was looking through a collection of various fossils from the D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center in Orange County, California, when he found the oldest fur seal fossils yet.

The fossil consisted of the partial jaw and a row of well-preserved teeth. The bones were discovered in the 1980s in a rock formation from Southern California. The fossils are said to be approximately 15 to 17 million years old.

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