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  • "The discovery team — headed by Canadian Museum of Nature paleontologist Natalia Rybczynski and including the renowned, 77-year-old American scientist Mary Dawson — has labelled the find Puijila darwini: an Inuktitut word meaning 'young sea mammal' followed by a Latinate tribute to Darwin."

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    "Puijila is now the oldest evidence of a pinniped known to science, and the team eventually recovered about a surprising two-thirds of the complete skeleton — including a penis bone that determined the specimen's gender."
    —Randy Boswell, "Arctic fossil provides 'missing link' to modern seal," Canwest News Service, seen here.
    (Thanks Prolagus!)

    April 23, 2009