NEW FOSSIL PHOTOS: "Graceful Weasel," Jewel Bug, More

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Seemingly frozen mid-hop, this fossil of a juvenile Leptictidium was unearthed in Germany's Messel Pit in September 2008. The animal, whose scientific name means "graceful weasel," was a small, carnivorous mammal with a long nose similar to that of an elephant shrew, researchers say.

The scientists aren't sure if the extinct Eocene animal walked on two legs or hopped like a kangaroo, but further examination of its spine might help solve the puzzle.
— Photograph courtesy Senckenberg Research Institute
 
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