Blunt-snouted dolphin

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Blunt-snouted dolphin
Temporal range: Early to Middle Pleistocene
Platalearostrum hoekmani.jpg
Artist's reconstruction
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Delphinidae
Subfamily: Orcininae
Genus: Platalearostrum
Species: P. hoekmani
Binomial name
Platalearostrum hoekmani
Post & Kompanje, 2010

The blunt-snouted dolphin (Platalearostrum hoekmani, "Albert Hoekman's spoon-rostrum") is a prehistoric pilot whale known from a single specimen (NMR-9991-00005362), consisting of a partial rostrum, partial maxilla, partial premaxilla, and partial vomer. The fossil was discovered by Albert Hoekman on board a fishing trawler crew in the North Sea in 2008 and described in 2010 by Klaas Post and Erwin J.O. Kompanje. The blunt-snouted dolphin is believed to have had a balloonlike structure atop its rostrum and is estimated to have lived during the early or middle Pleistocene.[1]


  1. ^ Klaas Post & Erwin J.O. Kompanje (2010). "A new dolphin (Cetacea, Delphinidae) from the Plio-Pleistocene of the North Sea". Deinsea. 14: 1–13. ISSN 0923-9308.