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Norrisanima, a new name for the rorqual "Megaptera" miocaena

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DD1991

A new cetacean-related paper is available online:

 

Leslie MS, Peredo CM, Pyenson ND. 2019. Norrisanima miocaena, a new generic name and redescription of a stem balaenopteroid mysticete (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Miocene of California. PeerJ 7:e7629 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7629

 

A redescription of "Megaptera" miocaena was long overdue, as with other Miocene rorquals previously assigned to Balaenoptera and Megaptera, and the paper by Leslie et al. shows that this taxon is far more primitive than other balaenopteroids. The name Norrisanima is tongue-twisting because anima means "living" in Latin, and the genus honors the late Kenneth Norris and his son, Richard.

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