Oldest true dolphin species gets a new name

By Ashley Yeager, 13:50 PM May 6, 2014

A dolphin first described from a fossil skull discovered in the 1970s has gotten a new name but still retains the title of oldest true dolphin species identified to date. Now called Eodelphis kabatensis, the creature swam the seas 8.5 million to 13 million years ago, a few million years before ancestors of spinner dolphins and others in the Stenella genus evolved.

As a result, the older creature should not have been a part of the Stenella genus and needed a new name, researchers report May 6 i...

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