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17-Million-Year-Old Whale Skull Helps Place Humanity's First Steps
ancient whale skull
March 16th, 2015
A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa, a new study finds.
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Photos: Drone Reveals Killer Whales
photos of killer whales
October 21st, 2014
A tiny drone has captured stunning images of a killer whale pod, revealing which whales are pregnant and malnourished.
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As Arctic Melts, Shipping Traffic Blasts Wildlife (Op-Ed)
The sun setting over a field of broken sea ice, or frozen seawater that floats on the ocean, in Antarctica.
September 9th, 2014
Arctic traffic is jamming marine wlidlife.
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All About the Bass: How Baleen Whales Hear Very Low Frequencies
fin whale skull
January 29th, 2015
Little is known about how baleen whales process low-frequency sounds. Now, researchers have found that baleen whales have specialized skulls that can capture the energy of low frequencies and direct it toward their ear bones to hear.
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Killer Whales Caught in Stunning Drone Footage (Video)
photos of killer whales
October 21st, 2014
A population of killer whales has been captured playing, chasing prey and socializing in gorgeous video taken by a tiny unmanned drone.
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Bottoms Up: How Whale Poop Helps Feed the Ocean
Whale splashing, whale poop
August 7th, 2014
With no small amount of irony, the tables have turned with research discovering that we need whales for a healthy marine ecosystem, or at least their poop.
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500 Right Whales Could Face the Wrong Fate (Op-Ed)
May 16th, 2014
Commercially hunted for generations, the last remaining North Atlantic right whales may now face further danger from seismic surveys.
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Whale Genes Offer Hints to Longer Life Spans
Bowhead whale
January 5th, 2015
Researchers have charted the bowhead whale's genome in a search for genes that fight off aging.
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Why Are Whales Not Recovering? (Op-Ed)
Whale with propeller wound
July 26th, 2014
When commercial whaling was banned in 1986 it put an end to a harvest that threatened the existence of some of the most majestic animals on Earth.
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