Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Ancient New Zealand 'dawn whale' identified

Date:
November 18, 2014

Source:
University of Otago

Summary:
Palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of fossil baleen whales and two species within it. The two whales, which lived between 27-25 million years ago, were preserved in a rock formation near Duntroon in North Otago. At that time the continent of Zealandia was largely or completely under water and the whales were deposited on a continental shelf that was perhaps between 50 to 100 meters deep.


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