Extinct Whale Found: Pygmy Right Whale Findings Released (Photo)

By on Dec 19, 2012 in Animals, Science Comments

An extinct whale findings was released by the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, according to a Live Science report.

Extinct whale found

Pygmy Right Whale
Image Credit: Darryl Wilson, University of Otago

Reports say that the pygmy right whale was already extinct for about two million years. The extinct whale is believed to be the last member of the mysterious cetacean group that is physically unique from other living whales.

Felix Marx, a paleontologist at the University of Otago in New Zealand, said that the elusive pygmy right whale is “the last survivor of quite an ancient lineage that until now no one thought was around.”

Pygmy right whale usually grows up to about 21 feet (6.5 meters) long. The unique marine mammal reportedly lives out in the open ocean. Scientists revealed that they do not have any information about the creature.

According to DNA analysis results, pygmy right whales is a diverse mammal from modern baleen whales that include blue whale and the humpback whale.

The ancient cetacean‘s skull reportedly resembles an ancient family of whales called cetotheres that emerged about 15 million years ago.

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