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New species of dolphin has ancient roots in the Pacific Northwest

Doctoral student Carlos Peredo, who is studying paleontology at George Mason University in Virginia, recently named a new species of dolphin with ancient roots in the Pacific Northwest.

Peredo’s research focused on an 18-million-year-old fossil specimen in the collection of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

The nearly-complete fossil was originally discovered along the banks of the Columbia River on the Washington side, just north and east of Astoria.

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