Hey guys, sorry it’s been a while! I have been busy with the exhibit, and I hope you understand. But without further ado….
The oldest fur seal has been described! Eotaria crypta was a small fur seal, around the size of a sea otter, and was minuscule compared to the other seals of it’s day, such as Allodesmus. The holotype consists of a partial jaw found in the 80’s which, until now, was thought to be that of a prehistoric walrus. This small jaw was found in California and is thought to be around 16-17 million years old.
The earliest South American monkeys known to science have been described! Perupithecus ucayaliensis was the size of a tamarin, jumping from tree to tree around 36 million years ago! Because monkeys are not endemic to South America in the fossil record 36 million years ago, it took the team of researchers who described Perupithecus 2 years to realize that it was a monkey. Talk about monkey business!
Dippy is leaving! The iconic Diplodocus in the main hall of the London Museum of Natural History is being replaced by a Blue whale skeleton, and many people are not happy about it. Personally, I cannot say much as I have never been to the museum and seen the actual mount, but when I think London Museum, I think Carnegie Diplodocus. I agree with SV-POW! that the museum should put Dippy and Blue (my new nickname for the whale) side by side in the main hall.
THE INTERNET AND PALEONTOLOGY
LITC talks about the replacement of Dippy the Diplodocus and shows off some awesome artwork on their blog, which you can check out here. At DINOSOURS! Ben searches for the lost Missourium, a mastodon skeleton originally made by a showman. You can find that blogpost here.
FEATURED ARTWORK/ PHOTOGRAPH
This week we have my photograph of the Gorgosaurus libratus skull which is on display at the Yale Museum.
Remember, if you would like to feature some of your artwork on this blog, comment below and we will she what we can do :D.
Thanks for reading guys!