New Species Of Extinct Dolphin Named

A new species of extinct dolphin was just named based on a fossilized partial skull (Figure 1). The fossil was found by a scuba diver on a riverbed in North Carolina, U.S.A. However, in prehistoric times, it lived in the ocean (Figure 2). Amongst living dolphins, it is most closely related to the Amazon River dolphin. The new dolphin is named in a recently published paper that appeared in the journal Fossil Record (an open-access paleontological journal of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin).

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