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Pacific’s ancient residents included new whale species

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2014 February 5 - CTY - New fossil whale: Balaenoptera bertae - A speculative life rendering of the fossil whale Balaenoptera bertae unearthed in the San Francisco Bay Area. The whale belongs in the same genus as minke and fin whales, indicating that Balaenoptera lineage has lasted for 3-4 million years. Balaenoptera bertae would have been approximately 5-6 meters in length, slightly smaller than modern minke whales. It was named by University of Otago Ph.D. student Robert Boessenecker in honor of San Diego State University's Professor Annalisa Berta. Courtesy of Robert Boessenecker robert.boessenecker@otago.ac.nz