Friday, 8 May 2015

Lemur Graveyard Discovered in Underwater Madagascar Cave

by Tia Ghose, Staff Writer | May 07, 2015 08:32am ET

An underwater cave in Madagascar has revealed hundreds of fossils from an extinct lemur, possibly washed into the underground trap by storms thousands of years ago.

The lemur graveyard also contained fossils from a suite of extinct animals, including primates, hippos, a crocodile and the island's largest predatory cat. The sinkhole where the bones were found may have preserved the fossils for a few thousand years, said Alfred Rosenberger, an physical anthropologist at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, who led the team.

"Pretty well preserved is an understatement," Rosenberger told Live Science. "The skulls and jaws are virtually complete and very often, even undamaged. So we'll pick up 12 skulls of one species and they'll all be absolutely perfect."

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