Seal Tracks in the Taylor Dry Valley


THE mummified carcasses of the crab-eater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus) are found in many places in the ice-free regions around McMurdo Sound in the Ross Dependency, Antarctica1. All these carcasses appear to be old. Some have only fragments of tissue on the bones, but others, although desiccated and wind blasted, are well preserved. One carcass has been dated1 giving an age of 1,600–2,600 yr.

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    Péwé, T. L., Rivord, N. R., and Llano, G. A., Science, 130, 716 (1959).

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    Scott, R. F., The Voyage of the Discovery (Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1905).

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    Taylor, T. G., Scott's Last, Expedition, 2 (Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1913).

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CLARIDGE, G. Seal Tracks in the Taylor Dry Valley. Nature 190, 559 (1961).

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