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illustration of giant otters

OUT OF THE SWAMP  Six million years ago, giant otters (illustrated above eating a clam and walking) may have lived in the lush swamps of what is now China, and coexisted with tapir (one illustrated in background).

trilobites

OUT OF SYNC  The rapid diversification of marine animals, including trilobites (fossils shown), around 471 million years ago probably wasn’t prompted by impacts from asteroid debris.

Protoceratops andrewsi

SLOW GROW  This 75-million-year-old hatchling fossil of the dinosaur Protoceratops andrewsi was found in Mongolia. Fossilized P. andrewsi embryos reveal dinos had reptilelike incubation times.

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