Story: Dolphins

Fossilised skull

Fossilised skull

This skull of the extinct Dalpiazinid dolphin, found in the eastern South Island of New Zealand, is around 26 million years old. Its upper jaw is long and flat, and the front teeth point forward like tusks. This is the second finding of a member of this family; the first was in Italy.

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Geology Museum, University of Otago

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Gerard Hutching, 'Dolphins - Ancient dolphins – the fossil record', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4693/fossilised-skull (accessed 16 December 2017)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Sep 2015