Fossil of the day #3

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The fossil of today comes to use from the National Museum of Science and Nature, located in Ueno Park in central Tokyo: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is Paleoparadoxia tabatai (Tokunaga, 1939), a species that according to the paleoart at the museum looked like a happy mixture of a walrus and a hippopotamus:

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In real life, it was more closely related to elephants and manatees, and belongs to the now extinct order Desmostylia.

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