[MARMAM] New publication - Tsai et al 2014 fossil gray whales from Taiwan
cheng-hsiu.tsai at otago.ac.nz
Mon Apr 28 12:24:35 PDT 2014
We are pleased to announce a new publication on fossil gray whale from Taiwan with implications of paleo-breeding ground of the western population.
Title: Quaternary fossil gray whales from Taiwan.
The article could be downloaded:
or email Tsai, cheng-hsiu.tsai at otago.ac.nz<mailto:cheng-hsiu.tsai at otago.ac.nz>; craniata at gmail.com<mailto:craniata at gmail.com>
Abstract. Two specimens of fossil juvenile gray whale from the sea bottom between Taiwan and the Penghu
Islands are Quaternary in age, and probably early Holocene, no older than 11–12 ka. Both specimens preserve
the posterior portion of the skull from the occipital condyles to the broken frontals; the earbones are missing.
A key diagnostic feature of eschrichtiids, paired tuberosities on the supraoccipital, occurs in both specimens.
Because of incompleteness and differences with the living gray whale, the fossils are designated as Eschrichtius
sp. rather than Eschrichtius robustus. This report of fossil gray whales is the first from Taiwan. The fossils
expand the known range of Quaternary gray whales, and this occurrence of juveniles is consistent with a possible
paleo-breeding- or nursery range.
Regards and all the best
Cheng-Hsiu Tsai （蔡政修)
PhD student, Department of Geology, University of Otago
360 Leith Walk (Courier) or PO Box 56 (Postal)
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Email: cheng-hsiu.tsai at otago.ac.nz<mailto:cheng-hsiu.tsai at otago.ac.nz>; craniata at gmail.com<mailto:craniata at gmail.com>
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