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Flipper traces reveal the presence of ancient seals on South Africa's coast

By Charles Helm, Research Associate, African Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience, Nelson Mandela University
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The world’s largest and heaviest living carnivore is not a big cat, a bear or a wolf: it’s the southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina). Bulls of this species can be 5 metres long and can weigh up to 3,500kg. The Cape fur seal, meanwhile, can grow to 3.9 metres and weigh up to 360kg. A large African lion, by comparison, weighs 250kg.

So you might think that the ancient ancestors of these and other large…The Conversation


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