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A giant, prehistoric otter's surprisingly powerful bite

19:00 EST 8 Nov 2017 | AAAS

(University at Buffalo) A massive, wolf-sized otter that lived about 6 million years ago may have been a dominant predator in its time, according to a new analysis of the animal's jaws. When scientists used computers to simulate how biting would strain S. melilutra's jaws, they concluded that the animal had much firmer jaw bones than expected, giving it a surprisingly strong bite.

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