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Fossils Reveal Eclectic Ancient Marine Mammals Of North Pacific
2014-02-06 08:47:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The pre-Ice Age marine mammals of the North Pacific were a diverse and fascinating lot, according to an analysis of hundreds of fossil bones and teeth excavated from the San Francisco Bay Area's Purisima Formation. Robert Boessenecker, a geology PhD student at New Zealand's University of Otago, put together a record of 21 marine mammal species that were fossilized 5 to 2.5 million years ago, including dwarf baleen whales, odd...

Ice Age Was No Match For The Dwarf Baleen Whale
2013-04-05 05:29:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research published in the journal Naturwissenschaften, the dwarf baleen whale lived well into the Ice Age. Researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago found that the fossil of a dwarf baleen whale from Northern California, or Herpetocetus, is thought to be the last survivor of the primitive baleen whale family, dating just 700,000 years old. Otago Department of Geology PhD student Robert Boessenecker said the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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