Possible Neobalaenid from the Miocene of Australia Implies a Long Evolutionary History for the Pygmy Right Whale Caperea marginata (Cetacea, Mysticeti)

@inproceedings{Fitzgerald2012PossibleNF,
  title={Possible Neobalaenid from the Miocene of Australia Implies a Long Evolutionary History for the Pygmy Right Whale Caperea marginata (Cetacea, Mysticeti)},
  author={Erich M. G. Fitzgerald},
  year={2012}
}
Despite the recent deluge of research into the evolution of baleen whales (Mysticeti) (Sasaki et al., 2005; Steeman, 2007; Deméré et al., 2008; Kimura and Hasegawa, 2010; Churchill et al., 2011; Ekdale et al., 2011; Marx, 2011), the fundamental phylogenetic relationships and origins of crown mysticetes (including all living families) remain surprisingly unresolved (Marx, 2011). Most controversial of all is the phylogeny of the Neobalaenidae, represented solely by the bizarre pygmy right whale… 
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