Here's a new drawing I was able to complete on one of my days off between Geology Field Camp projects. It's a skeletal drawing of Acrophoca longirostris, a very strange pinniped from the early Pliocene Pisco Formation of Peru (as well as from Chile; Walsh and Naish 2002). Acrophoca is a Monachine true seal (family Phocidae), and as stated above, is known from the early Pliocene of the Southeast Pacific. According to the phylogeny of Demere et al. 2003, Acrophoca is the sister taxon of the fearsome Leopard seal, Hydrurga leptonyx. Acrophoca was originally named by Muizon (1981). The skeleton I drew this from can be seen on display at the USNM. Ordinarily I'd give more information, but I need to pack up for my road trip.
Demere, T.A., A. Berta and P.J. Adam. 2003. Pinnipedimorph evolutionary biogeography. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 13:32-76.
C. Muizon. 1981. Les vertebres fossiles de la Formation Pisco (Perou). Premiere parti: Deux nouveaux Monachina (Phocidae, Mammalia) du Pliocene de Sud-Sacaco. Recherche sur les grandes civilisations Memoire 6:1-150
Walsh, S. A. & Naish, D. 2002. Fossil seals from late Neogene deposits in South America: a new pinniped (Carnivora, Mammalia) assemblage from Chile. Palaeontology 45: 821-842.