Dr. Louis Jacobs
This study compares the anatomy of a Miocene whale fossil found in Kenya to that of modern and other fossil beaked whales in order to identify it using phylogenetic analysis. The specimen is a partial skull and lacks diagnostic features present in the posterior regions of the skull, but a parsimony analysis based on available characters determined the whale is likely linked to modern Mesoplodon and Hyperoodon. Identification of this specimen is necessary for biogeographical purposes and other investigations using the fossil as a marker for the paleocoastline. Furthermore, this whale is an important and unique tool that can be used to study the development of the East African Rift.
Miocene beaked whale, East African Rift Valley, Kenya, Engaged Learning 2013
Earth Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics
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Lin, Andrew, "Anatomical description and phylogenetic analysis of Miocene beaked whale from the East African Rift Valley, Kenya" (2013). Engaged Learning Collection. Paper 10.