Neptune’s Vishnu otter

Neptune’s Vishnu otter (Vishnuonyx neptuni) is a species of otter belonging to extinct genus Vishnuonyx, which was first discovered from sediments at the foot of the Himalayas. Researchers from the University of Germany recently found the low jaw of the species at 11.4 million year old Upper Miocene fossil site in Germany. These species are predators weighing 10-15 kg, preying mainly on fish.
The new discovery provided the first evidence of Vishnu otters in Europe. They dwelled in the rivers of South Asia about 14-12.5 million years ago. From here, they reached East Africa some 12 million years ago.


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