Name: Archaeodobenus ‭(‬Ancient Dobenus‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ar-kay-o-dob-e-nuss.
Named By: Y.‭ ‬Tanaka‭ & ‬N.‭ ‬Kohno‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mamamlia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Pinnipedia,‭ ‬Odobenidae.
Species: A.‭ ‬akamatsui‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Piscivore/Carnivore.
Size: Possibly about‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long for the holotype.
Known locations: Japan,‭ ‬Hokkaido‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ichibangawa Formation.
Time period: Late Miocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Archaeodobenus is an ancient relative of the walrus.‭ ‬Unlike the walrus however,‭ ‬Archaeodobenus did not have the large tusks that are the most familiar feature of‭ ‬the walrus.‭ ‬Instead,‭ ‬Archaeodobenus simply had slightly enlarged canine teeth,‭ ‬and‭ ‬an overall appearance more similar to that of a sea lion.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A New Late Miocene Odobenid‭ (‬Mammalia:‭ ‬Carnivora‭) ‬from Hokkaido,‭ ‬Japan Suggests Rapid Diversification of Basal Miocene Odobenids.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS One.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Tanaka‭ & ‬N.‭ ‬Kohno‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.


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