New species of extinct river dolphin discovered in Smithsonian collection

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 07:32 in Paleontology & Archaeology

A fossil that has been in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History since it was discovered in 1951 is today helping scientists piece together the evolutionary history of whales and dolphins, including the origins of the endangered South Asian river dolphin. According to Nicholas D. Pyenson, the museum’s curator of fossil […]

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