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8:46 PM | November 06, 2012
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SUMMARY: DNA technologies were used by scientists to definitively identify two stranded whales as members of rare species previously known only from a few scattered bones. Figure 1C: Illustration depicting a generalized external morphology derived from photographs of the adult female spade-toothed beaked whale, Mesoplodon traversii. A rare whale species that’s never before been seen has beached in New Zealand. Two spade-toothed beaked whales, Mesoplodon traversii (pictured above, or view […]

Thompson, K., Baker, C., van Helden, A., Patel, S., Millar, C. & Constantine, R. (2012). The world’s rarest whale, Current Biology, 22 (21) DOI:

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