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Whales Ancient Past Revealed

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Research Associate and Texas A&M University at Galveston Marine Biology Professor Dr. Christopher Marshall is part of a team that recently made a breakthrough in tracing the evolution of whales with an exciting new fossil. Today whales are divided into two groups those that hunt with their teeth, and toothless whales that eat through straining the water to capture small prey. This newly discovered fossil, Maiabalaena nesbittae, does neither; instead consuming it’s nutrients through suction. This fossil is a valuable breakthrough for researchers charting the mystery of the evolution of whales.

KXXV recently published an article describing this discovery which you can see here.

Artists reconstruction of Maiabalaena nesbittae