20-million-year-old tusked sea cow is Central America’s oldest marine mammal

A researcher searching the shoreline of the Panama Canal for fossil plants instead found an ancient sea cow. An ’emergency fossil excavation’ due to rising water levels yielded a remarkably complete skeleton of a new genus and species of dugong, estimated to be about 20 million years old, the first evidence of a marine mammal from the Pacific side of the canal.

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