Scientists have found a fossil of a large otter-like animal. It is as big as a wolf, and it’s over 6 million years old.
Denise Su, Cleveland Museum of Natural History curator of paleobotany and paleoecology said:
“Siamogale melilutra reminds us, I think, of the diversity of life in the past and how many more questions there are still to answer. Who would have imagined a wolf-size otter?”
Xiaoming Wang, head of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County said:
“I think it used its powerful jaws to crush hard clams for food, somewhat like modern sea otters, although the latter use stone tools to smash shells.”
The otter would’ve weighed around 110 pounds and measured 6 and 1/2 feet long. The large teeth and jaws would’ve been used for crunching hard objects. It also would’ve been able to swim in shallow swamps.
The largest otter alive today weighs 70 pounds and lives in South America.
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