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(Permalink) Posted: April 22 2009,13:31   

Interesting new fossil discovered that fills in some of the detail in the transition from land animals to ocean dwelling mammals like seals and walruses.  It's been named Puijila darwini.  Puijila means "young sea mammal" in the Inuktitut language spoken where the fossil was found in the far north of Canada.  You know where darwini comes from.  Read all about it here:

I just heard Neil Shubin talk about Tiktaalik roseae last week.  This is sort of Tiktallik in reverse!

ETA: I've taken a closer look at their web site, and it is really nicely done.  They have a cool interactive picture of the skull that lets you rotate it while reading about the skull's pinniped-like characteristics.

"[A scientific theory] describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is - absurd."
- Richard P. Feynman

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