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"This was very exciting as fur seals and sea lions—the family Otariidae—have a limited fossil record that, up until now, extended back to about 10-12 million years ago.
Yet we know that their fossil record must go back to around 16-17 million years ago or so, because walruses—the closest modern relative of the otariids—have a record reaching back that far," he says.
"The mystery remains of why there has only been one of these fur seals ever found given that there have been extensive fossil excavations of similarly aged rocks in California," he says.
A Japanese palaeontologist, Dr Naoki Kohno, has previously proposed that the earliest fur seals lived in the open ocean and only rarely strayed into continental shelf areas where they would be more likely to be preserved as fossils.