15-foot-long skeleton of extinct dolphin suggests parallel evolution among whales

July 9, 2020 - General

A report in the journal Current Biology offers a detailed description of the first nearly complete skeleton of an extinct large dolphin, discovered in what is now South Carolina. The 15-foot-long dolphin (Ankylorhiza tiedemani comb. n.) lived during the Oligocene–about 25 million years ago–and was previously known only from a partial rostrum (snout) fossil.

This illustration shows a life restoration of a pod of Ankylorhiza tiedemani…

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