Now how did that get up there? New study sheds light on development and evolution of dolphin, whale blowholes

Modern cetaceans—which include dolphins, whales and porpoises—are well adapted for aquatic life. They have blubber to insulate and fins to propel and steer. Today’s cetaceans also sport a unique type of nasal passage: It rises at an angle relative to the roof of the mouth—or palate—and exits at the top of the head as a blowhole.

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