Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Missing link between land carnavor and seals discovered

Researchers from the US and Canada have found a fossil skeleton of a newly discovered carnivorous animal, Puijila darwini. It appears that Puijila is a link in the evolution of the group that today includes seals, sea lions and walrus. Click here to see more about the discovery.
Darwin predicted that discovery of these "missing links" would be very rare because they lived such a short time and the conditions to preserve them is extremely rare. The scientists beleave that Puijila evolved during a period of climate change in the artic and could shed some light on what we might expect under the current change.

YouTube - Paleo-Breakthrough (Seal Evolution) from an Arctic Fossil

4 min 7 sec - Apr 15, 2009 -

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