Researchers Identified Oldest Fur Seal Fossils That Question Sea Lion Evolution

February 16, 2015 5:05 PM

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

The fossil comprised of the partial jaw and a row of well-preserved teeth. The bones were found 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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