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 analogy to collections of panache question. My name's Alex pores not. I am a recent student in the about it department the Smithsonian national museum and history and I was lead author on the study the story of how we found out. And what Alice uses. Where came from. Starts in 1925. Killing apologist Remington Kellogg took it upon himself to describe this specimen and he looked today and he knew it was it was a sperm well. But he decided that he thought that similarities between the teeth at this time well. And that original tusk back in 1960 he thought they are similar and asked that. They believe the launch the same genus. So starting about 1970. Other researchers went back and looked at that original Tosca on cius clarified that it wasn't in fact sperm actually Wallace and I heard about the story. On to see this oxygen actors. 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. To re identified read study and remain. On to see this auction actors. Yeah. The specimens quite huge and measuring and meter in link. Scullin Johnson Allison. Are so large they weigh about 300. Require more. Specimens and house music fair ninety years and never left. Fossils that we have now with scenes include. All the jobs. Hearts that he these fossils are now fifteen million years. He can actually see a modern spring Whalen this fossils from out this is spending side by side ammunition. You probably unless you're very. Training season will launch of Hollywood even guess there are currently handling hundreds of miles on the scales about eighteen meters in length. Our species had a bit smaller probably more on the scale about six years in mind. It likely lead somewhere in any. About five. When we look at the stuff he conceded they had offer in the hours to coaching sought out the season speaking. He would've seen whale. And proportionately larger keys than any other whales that we see today and seeing signs. The first time in Wendt said. Actually you can roll over the specimen to look at the underside attempt I think for people just to roll it over really slowly deathly having Japanese listening you know why he's here I'm depressed really examine the -- and easily all the different angles there's only so much you can tell from a couple photos and a couple figures have been able to. Fully manipulated three models tyres Alice. Does it really. But definitely looking and it just on the three year can be very nice. The new namely game on C has not some actors is Al deceitful. The white when we intend this. Now legendary ones broke well from because the specimen is a pretty. Beautiful ashen white collar which is pretty rare if you could prevent them on even though bones are white fossils generally aren't going to that they. Charlie's sperm whale kind of fits with that legacy of Wednesday. They thought it was just it just seemed appropriate name it after about day.

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