-Size: 17"L x 10"W x 11"H
-Species: Metaxytherium floridanum
-Notes: This fossil dugong skull was found in the Lower Bone Valley formation (approximately 9.5-7 million years old) of the phosphate mines of Polk County, Florida, in 1978 by M. McClain. The most notable characteristic of the dugong skull is its deflected (down-turned) rostrum, an evolutionary adaptation to its role as a seagrass eater. An extinct sirenian, its modern relatives are the manatees and modern dugong (Dugong dugon). It's not known exactly why so few sirenian species exist today. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).
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-Size: 17½"L x 7"W x 6"H -Species: Platanista gangetica -Notes: Living in the muddy water systems of India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangledesh, The Ganges river dolphin (also known as susu) is almost blind and is believed to be able to only see light and dark. Although sometimes found in small groups,...
-Size: 26¾"L x 9¾"W x 7½"H -Species: Odobenus rosmarus -Notes: The thick-skinned walrus may weigh approximately 900 to 3,500 pounds, with males being larger than females. The tusks of a walrus can grow up to one meter long. These tusks have many uses: fighting, eating, cutting ice, and allowing them to...
-Size: 14½"L x 8"W x 8½"H -Species: Dugong dugon -Notes: The dugong belongs to the order Sirenia, which includes manatees. Sirenians belong to a group called subungulates, which includes elephants and hyraxes, two animals that by appearances and habitat would seem to have nothing in common. The original specimen was collected...