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Puijila darwini is in my opinion one of the most important prehistoric species described in 2009. This is how the common ancestor of the walruses, seals and sea lions would look like, a kind of otter-like 1 meter long creature which had only little adaptation to aquatic life. From the Early Miocene of Canada.
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JurassicPark40's avatar
You've made it very accurate!
NTamura's avatar
A bit too otter-like I think ;)
Y-eskii-lass's avatar
I love seals and sea lions and have always wondered about their ancestors.You can really see the 'bear' in a sea lions face! Searching around, I have seen some long necked seal-creature on the net, but this little guy/girl is entirely more ancient! Love it!
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tassietyger's avatar
Finally they found the Pakicetus of pinniped evolution.
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Not exactly. There is some debate about it as Potamotherium and Enaliarctos are equally primitive pinnipeds...
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But I thought Potamotherium was a kind of weasel?
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Yep, but some argue that it was ancestral to the pinnipeds.
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Is it possible that otters are pinnipeds are as well?
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Ryivhnn's avatar
I was going to state the blatantly obvious otterness but you've already done so :) Was it also related to otters by any chance?
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No just a case of convergent evolution. Pinnipeds are actually more closely related to bears and dogs.
Dgylia's avatar
Awwww so cute ^^
avancna's avatar
So, Potamotherium doesn't have anything to do with pinniped evolution anymore?

Also, Bea Arthur's commentary [link]
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"I suppose you thought that was funny."
:D
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