Fossil in collection (IMAGE) PeerJ Caption The Diegoaelurus jawbone fossil has been in The Nat’s collection since 1988. It was recovered from a construction site in Oceanside by the museum’s PaleoServices team. When this carnivorous animal was alive 42 million years ago, San Diego was covered in rainforests populated by many small, unusual rodents, marsupials, primates and hooved mammals. Credit Credited to San Diego Natural History Museum Usage Restrictions Credited to San Diego Natural History Museum License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.