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An illustration of Wimahl chinookensis.

Meet Wimahl chinookensis, a new species of fossil dolphin that lived about 18 million years ago in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Visiting researcher Dr. Robert Bossenecker recently discovered a new species of prehistoric seal in the Burke’s paleontology collection.

Visiting researcher Dr. Robert Bossenecker recently discovered a new species of prehistoric seal in the Burke’s paleontology collection.

Visiting researcher Sara ElShafie is looking at prehistoric reptiles fossils.

Visiting researcher Sara ElShafie looks at the effects of climate change on prehistoric reptiles.

Visiting researcher Carlos Peredo returns to study early baleen whale fossils. 

Analyzing the limited samples of the oviraptorosaur to answer lingering questions about this species' growth and anatomy.

Read about Susumu Tomiya's use of photos of tiny teeth samples in his research to discover the prehistoric origins of modern-day carnivores.

Tiny microfossil teeth

Studying microfossil teeth of the Sagebrush Vole from Washington state to understand a pattern of evolution.

Carlos Mauricio Peredo studying the 27-million-year-old-fossil whale in our Life & Times exhibit

The 27-million-year-old fossil whale on display in our Life & Times exhibit is officially a new species! 

Exploring how (and when) whales, dolphins and porpoises evolved the ability to efficiently swim through the water. 

An extinct animal often cited as a ‘missing link’ between modern seals and their four-limbed, land-dwelling ancestors.

Carnivore fossils in the Burke Museum paleontology collection.

How does competition between species affect their long-term evolution?

seal fossil

What can the fossil record tell us about how seals and sea lions evolved into the animals they are today?

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