Evolving Thoughts

Evolution, culture, philosophy and chocolate! John Wilkins' continuing struggle to come to terms with impermanence... "Humanus sum, nihil humanum a me alienum puto" - Terence

Sunday, October 02, 2005

New dolphin species discovered in my neighbourhood

Sahotra Sarkar notes on his blog that a new species of dolphin, called the "snubfin", has been identified in north Queensland. It was previously thought to be a subspecific variety of the Irrawaddy dolphins, but morphometric measurements showed otherwise (good to see morphology still being employed contrary to Orthodoxy). Here is the paper describing the new species, called Orcaella heinsohni. [Corrected from initial post, where I got the epithet wrong]