Move Over Moby Dick, There's a New White Whale in Town

Scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History have identified a new species of sperm whale, Albicetus oxymycterus, adding a new branch to the sperm whale family tree.
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Right now or in the pipes and I'm in the about it collections of panache question. My name's Alex force not. I am a recent student about it department at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and I was lead author on the study the story of how we found out. What Alice uses. Where it came from. Starts in 1920. Through. Killing apologist Remington Kellogg took it upon self described this specimen and he looked today and he knew it isn't it was a sperm well. But he decided that he thought that similarities between the teeth at the sperm whale. And that original tossed back to 1860 he thought they are similar and asked that. They believe the launch the same genus. To starting about 1970. Other researchers went back and looked at that original Tosca on cius clarified that it wasn't in fact sperm actually Lawler yes and I heard about the story. On to seat is auctioning. And realize that it needed to be identification hoppers that. When Alex wanted to do research project Huron museum I thought that this would be an excellent opportunity. To re identify every study and regain. On to see this oxen actors. Lou. The specimens quite huge. Measuring a meter in link. Skull and Johnson Allison. Are so large they worry about 300. Require more. The house music for years nine years and never left. Fossils that we have now with sickness including. Goal jobs. Parts of the team. He's fossils are now fifteen million use. He can actually see in modern spring Wayland this fossils for miles this is standing side by side in the ocean. You probably unless you're very training season will launch of Hollywood giving us your friends and handling hundreds of miles on the scales about it. Eighteen meters in nine. Our species had a bit smaller probably more on this hill about six years in my. It likely lead somewhere in the neighborhood about five times. When we look at this he conceded they had offer in the hours to coaching sought out the scene speaking. He would've seen whale. That proportionately larger keys and any other whales that we see today and saint signs. The first time in Wentz. Actually you can roll over the specimens a look at the underside attempt I think for people just to roll it over really slowly deathly having happy specimen in a lot easier and rustic really examine Stastny easily from all different angles there's only so much you can tell from a couple photos a couple of figures have been able to. Fully manipulated three models tyres Alice. Does it really. But definitely looking and it just on the three year he he's. The new namely game on C has not some actors is Al deceitful. White when we intend this. Now. Imaginary ones turmoil from beating the specimen is. A pretty beautiful ashen white collar which is pretty rare if you can prevent them on you know bones are white fossils generally aren't going it's a big. I highly sperm whale kind of fits with legacy of Wednesday. They thought it was just it just seemed appropriate name it after day.

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