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Scientists Discover Ancient Pygmy
By Joseph Tepper, May 9, 2012 @ 09:00 AM (EST)
Source: National Geographic

Pygmy madness isn’t just contained to the underwater photography community—scientists in Slovenia have discovered the fossils of an ancient pygmy pipehorse.

The Slovenian scientists discovered the 1-inch-long pygmy pipehorse (Hippotropiscis frenki) in the same fossil-rich location where they found the world’s oldest seahorse fossil in 2009.

Scientists believe the pipehorses to be an evolutionary link to the seahorse. "The only major difference is that [pygmy pipehorses] do not swim upright," said Zalohar, a geologist at the University of Ljubljana.



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