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Santa Cruz (Purisima Formation) Fossil Site Reveals New Whale Species


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Secret Santa Cruz fossil site reveals new whale species

by David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle, March 26, 2014


Balaenoptera bertae: New Fossil Whale Species

Discovered. (Robert Boessenecker, a PhD student with

the University of Otago, has discovered an extinct

pecies of whale that lived during Pliocene, 3.35 –

2.5 million years ago. Sci-News.com, Feb. 7, 2014


Strange marine mammals of ancient North Pacific

revealed, University of Otago, February 6, 2014


The paper is:

Boessenecker, R. W., 2013, A new marine vertebrate

assemblage from the Late Neogene Purisima

Formation in Central California, part II: Pinnipeds

and Cetaceans. Geodiversitas. vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 815–940.


An earlier article is:

Fossil hunters in Santa Cruz make whale of a find

by David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 8, 2013



Paul H.

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There's Bobby getting ink again; WTG!

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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congrats, and very nice article also. :)

"Your serpent of Egypt is bred now of your mud by the operation of your sun; so is your crocodile." Lepidus

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Thanks for sharing. Congrats! That's a LOT of work, but it's like finding the Valhalla of marine mammals!


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Hey, thanks guys! It's nice to get some recognition for a project that spanned almost my entire adult life =D

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