Skeleton of extinct 6 metre-long sea cow spotted and dug up on seashore of Commander Islands in Kamchatka region. The headless remains of the beast at first appeared like a ‘fence’ but local officials on a nature reserve survey soon realised they had made a remarkable find – the ribs of this ancient creature. Digging down 70 centimetres below the surface uncovered the headless skeleton of the Steller’s sea cow, a mammal endemic to this region which became extinct in the 18th century.

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