THE EARLIEST KNOWN MEMBER OF THE RORQUAL—GRAY WHALE CLADE (MAMMALIA, CETACEA)

@inproceedings{Dooley2004THEEK,
  title={THE EARLIEST KNOWN MEMBER OF THE RORQUAL—GRAY WHALE CLADE (MAMMALIA, CETACEA)},
  author={A. Dooley and N. Fraser and Z. Luo},
  year={2004}
}
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