Yale Peabody Museum Gallery Talk
Vanessa Rhue with modern Sperm Whale skull, National Museum of Scotland
Sperm Whale tooth; photo by V Rhue


Whale Tales

A Closer Look at Tympanic Bullae, Nasals, and Teeth

Vanessa Rhue

Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager, Yale Peabody Museum


Thursday, March 12 at 4:00 pm

David Friend Hall


Cetaceans—whales, dolphins, and porpoises—are a charismatic group of marine mammals with an interesting and diverse fossil record. In moving from land to the sea, these animals adapted to an aquatic environment with an elongated body and streamlined limbs for swimming.  Features of the skull, such as tympanic bullae, retracted nasals and rostral bones, and teeth or baleen, shed light on adaptations for hearing, breathing, and diet. Join us for a closer look at fossils of mysticetes (baleen whales) and odontocetes (toothed whales) from the Miocene of North America.


Refreshments to follow. Pay-as-you-wish admission.