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September 1, 2020

A pod of hunting Ankylorhiza tiedemanis

An illustration showing a pod of hunting Ankylorhiza tiedemanis, large extinct dolphins that lived during the Oligocene, about 25 million years ago. Researchers published a detailed description of the first, nearly complete, 15-foot-long skeleton of A. tiedemani, discovered in what is now South Carolina.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant EAR 1349607.]

Learn more in the Eurekalert news story 15-foot-long skeleton of extinct dolphin suggests parallel evolution among whales. (Date image taken: April 2020; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Sept. 1, 2020)

Credit: Dr. Robert W. Boessenecker, College of Charleston

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