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Dr. Boessenecker with the holotype skeleton of the eomysticetid baleen whale Tohoaraata raekohao in the University of Otago Geology Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dr. Boessenecker with the holotype skeleton of the eomysticetid baleen whale Tohoaraata raekohao in the University of Otago Geology Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo by Linda Robertson, ODT.

July, 2016. Featured Professional: Robert W. Boessenecker. The Fossil Project Newsletter.

May, 2016. Further evidence found against ‘killer walrus’ theory. University of Otago Press Release.

May, 2016. New research undermines ‘killer walrus’ theory. UPI.

May, 2016. Ancient ‘killer walrus’ was not the bone-crunching beast scientists had believed. International Business Times.

January, 2016. Seal evolution in the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Burke Museum.

September, 2015. Otago researchers identify new NZ fossil whale species. University of Otago Press Release.

September, 2015. Otago geologists find new whale species. Radio New Zealand.

September, 2015. New fossil whales: primitive baleen whales discovered in New Zealand. Nature World News.

February, 2015. Missing fossil link connection exciting. Otago Daily Times.

February, 2015. Walrus fossil turns out to be oldest known fur seal. Seeker.

February, 2015. Oldest fur seal identified, ending 5-million year ‘ghost lineage’. University of Otago Press Release.

February, 2015. Paleontologists discover oldest known fur seal. Sci-News.

December, 2014. Otago researchers find new whale genus. Otago Daily Times.

November, 2014. Ancient New Zealand ‘dawn whale’ identified. University of Otago Press Release.

November, 2014. Ancient toothless whale skull discovered in Otago. Stuff.

November, 2014. 20 million-year-old whale fossils found. New Zealand Herald.

March, 2014. Extinct California porpoise had a unique underbite. Cell Press.

March, 2014. Extinct porpoise found with major underbite. National Geographic News.

February, 2014. Strange marine mammals of ancient North Pacific revealed. University of Otago Press Release.

February, 2014. Otago student’s whale of a find. Otago Daily Times.

February, 2014. Fossil hunters in Santa Cruz make whale of a find. San Francisco Chronicle.

November, 2013. Cooper Center houses local fossils for researchers to examine. The Daily Titan

April, 2013. Dwarf whale survived well into Ice Age. University of Otago Press Release.

April, 2013. Research links whales. Otago Daily Times.

January, 2013. New study suggests prehistoric walrus was a fish-eater. Science World Report.

January, 2013. Killer walrus theory undone. Otago Daily Times.

January, 2013. ‘Killer’ walrus? O.C. fossil raises doubt. Orange County Register.

January, 2013. Ancient “killer walrus” cuter than previously thought. Softpedia.com

January, 2013. Dissecting the “killer” walrus. Laelaps.

January, 2013. Otago collaboration throws doubt on “killer walrus” claims. University of Otago Press Release.

January, 2013. Ancient ‘killer walrus’ not so deadly after all. LiveScience.

January, 2013. ‘Killer walrus’ teeth fossils suggest prehistoric marine mammal wasn’t top predator. Huffington Post.

January, 2013. New fossil suggests giant ‘killer walrus’ was just a toothy fish-eater. PLOS author spotlight.

January, 2013. ‘Killer walrus’ theory debunked. Cosmos.

January, 2013. Marine fossil researchers build Otago’s profile. Otago Daily Times.

January, 2012. Graduate student studies bizarre ancient marine mammals. Featured in volume 8 of the MSU magazine Confluence.

May 18, 2011. Young scientist finds really old seabird. Half Moon Bay Tribune.

May 11, 2011. Seabird fossil found near Half Moon Bay. San Francisco Chronicle.

May 2, 2011 – MSU grad student thrilled to study ancient marine mammals. Montana State University News Service.

March 12, 2011 – Santa Cruz fossils prove a rare find. Santa Cruz Sentinel.

August 1, 2005 – Fossils by the sea. San Francisco Chronicle.