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May 3, 2019

Drawer Bones

Paleontologists at Ohio University have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than a polar bear, with a skull as large as that of a rhinoceros and enormous, piercing, canine teeth. The 22-million-year-old fossils were unearthed decades ago, then placed in a drawer at the National Museums of Kenya. They remained there without a great deal of attention until National Science Foundation-funded scientists rediscovered them, recognizing their significance.

Credit: National Science Foundation/Karson Productions

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