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March Mammal Madness: Enter Our "Name Your Ancestor" Tournament

March Mammal Madness: Enter Our "Name Your Ancestor" Tournament

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This month, a team of international researchers led by the American Museum of Natural History and Stony Brook University determined in unprecedented detail what the earliest ancestor of placental mammals—the widely diverse group of animals ranging from whales to bats to humans—looked like.  The Museum is teaming up with WNYC’s Radiolab to sponsor a tournament to name this early ancestor. Want to enter? 

Tags: Paleontology, Our Research, Tree of Life, Mammals, March Mammal Madness

What Are Whales?

What Are Whales?

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The word "whale" may bring to mind the image of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to have lived. But did you know that dolphins and porpoises are also specialized whales? Today, there about 80 species of living whales, or cetaceans. Among these marine mammals, there are two groups: baleen and toothed.

Tags: Mammals, Exhibitions, Whales

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