BY PEGGY CURRAN

MONTREAL — An ancient pygmy sea cow isn’t the kind of thing you find every day.

More like every 45 million years.

So when Karen Samonds, a paleontologist whose work focuses on the evolutionary history of Madagascar’s modern fauna, discovered fossilized teeth and bits of skull in sandstone and limestone rocks in the island nation off the east coast of Africa, she wasn’t immediately sure what she had stumbled upon.

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