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Fossil Whales

9 February 2014

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140205103701.htm … research by a student at the University of Otago in New Zealand took him to California, to a geological formation in San Francisco Bay. He has managed to piece together, with some help, 21 mammals, including dwarf baleen whale, double tusked walrus, porpoises and dolphins, and a fossil whale, an early relative of the Minke. Published in the journal Geodiversitas (2014), the fossils are said to date back 2 million years ago, when the water off shore from California were warmer. Apparently this was due to the Bering Strait being a blocked passagewhich did not allow the movement of cold water down the western side of N America, as happens in the modern world.

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