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'Balloon head' dolphin discovered

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A new type of dolphin with a short, spoon-shaped nose and high, bulbous forehead has been identified from a fossil found in the North Sea.

The Platalearostrum hoekmani was named after Albert Hoekman, the Dutch fisherman who in 2008 trawled up a bone from the creature's skull.

Up to six metres in length, the dolphin lived two to three million years ago.

The so-called rostrum bone and a model of the dolphin are on display at the Natural History Museum Rotterdam.

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SolarPlexus

Wooow looks so cool

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SolarPlexus

I thought i've seen these species somewhere before... They look a bit like japanese beluga dont they??

http://www.snotr.com/video/1451

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pickletoes

One thing I've always wondered about this type of discovery is the way they seem to run out and decide that this proves that a bunch of balloon headed dolphins existed rather than a deformed dolphin. How do they know?

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