Sea Cow Fossil

June 8, 2011 by staff 

Sea Cow FossilSea Cow Fossil, The bones of an extinct sea cow that lived 20 million years have been discovered in a cave in the Philippines by a team of Italian scientists, the expedition’s head said Monday. Ribs and parts of the backbone of the aquatic mammals found in February and March in the limestone above the waters of an underground river in Palawan Island, said a geologist at the University of Florence, Leonardo Piccini.

“The fossil is in the rock in the cave. We cannot remove and we do not want to remove it. We would like to wait (a) when the technology will allow us to study the fossils without removing it,” Piccinini told AFP.

Speaking at a symposium in the Philippine presidential palace, where the discovery was announced, Piccini said it was a rare discovery in the region since the Miocene epoch – about 20 million years.

“They are the first remains of such animals in the area, which is important in the reconstruction of the habitat and distribution of this animal in the Miocene,” he added.

Initial comparisons with fossil samples suggest that belongs to one of two extinct species of Sirenia herbivore, also known as sea cows, according to research Pantyhose Federico and Paolo Forti, a member of the issuance of Palawan.

They said the animal would have been about 180 centimeters (about six feet) long.

Two species of manatees live today, the dugong of the Indo-Pacific region and manatees in the Atlantic basin.

The newspaper said the fossil, found in the East had been limited to India along with some fragments found in Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Indonesia’s Java island.

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