;
;
FG News

THE LARGEST FOSSILIZED OTTER SPECIES DISCOVERED

09 Feb 17

A paper on the discovery of one of the largest otter species ever found has been published in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology.

This species aged 6.24 million years old has been discovered at Shuitangba, Southwestern China. This discovery represents leading-edge research into the evolution of a lesser known otter family’s fossil genus.

This otter species is called Siamogale melilutra. The fossil discovered has a complete cranium, dentition, mandible and different skeletal elements which provide information about the evolutionary history, taxonomy, and functional morphology of this otter species. It has been revealed that Siamogale belongs to one of the oldest and most primitive lineages of the otter family.

This otter species was about the size of a wolf and weight about 110 lbs, which is approximately twice as large as the largest otters living. It has a powerful and large jaw, with rounded-cusped cheek teeth. These characteristics looks like adaptations developed for eating large freshwater mollusks and shellfish, both of which were abundant at Shuitangba then.

The completeness of the specimens helps scientists to understand the evolutionary history of this genus of otters better. Researchers are working to understand its other aspects of life. 

Content Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123115213.htm

Image: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123115213.htm


Read more

The “Pocket Dynamo” K.D. Jadhav

18 Dec 17

Mr. KD Jadhav who is well known as the name “Pocket Dynamo” is not a common name in the Olympic world. He was the first ever Indian Olympic medalist in an individual sport category who ...
Read more ...

A New Way To Develop 3-D Electronic Devices

18 Dec 17

We are living in the era of science and technology. Each and every day we come through various inventions. Going a step ahead, scientist has invented electronic applications such as a three-dimensi ...
Read more ...

Highest National Recognition for Outstanding Performance in Sports: Arjuna Award

17 Dec 17

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India give this prestigious Arjuna Awards to outstanding sports personalities to recognize their achievements an ...
Read more ...

The Tulip Festival in Srinagar Will Catch All Your Attention

17 Dec 17

People of India are really fascinated by the festivals of flowers. Tulip Festival is one of the most popular festivals in India. The festival is magnificent and it is g ...
Read more ...

Dragon Capsule: The Launch

16 Dec 17

The eve of the launch of the Dragon Capsule on Falcon 9 saw NASA and SpaceX prepared and ready for the risk that was to be taken in the mission. The Falcon 9 was schedu ...
Read more ...


Related News