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Allodesmus

Allodesmus is an extinct genus of pinniped from the Miocene and related to the genus Desmatophoca. It measured about 8 feet (2.4 m) long and weighed 800 pounds (360 kg). Allodesmus had the specific anatomical features found in modern polygynous pinnipeds: sexual dimorphism, strong canines for fights between bulls and teeth with well-defined growth zones, a result from periodic fasting (in order to defend their harem, males would not take to the sea to feed during the breeding season).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bonner, Nigel (1982). Seals And Man - A Study Of Interactions. USA: University of Washington. p. 11. ISBN 0-295-95890-1. 
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  • Vertebrate Palaeontology by Michael J. Benton
  • Functional Morphology in Vertebrate Paleontology by Jeffrey J. Thomason
  • Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, ed. William F. Perrin, Bernd Würsig, J.G.M. Thewissen
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