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HERBIVOROUS WHALES



Herbivores into carnivores? Juergen Peters wrote...

> And what about most toothed whales?

Only one toothed whale, _Neophocoena phocoenoides_ (finless 
porpoise), routinely eats plant material. There is one old account of 
plant material found within the stomach of an African _Sousa_ 
(humpbacked dolphin) but this is regarded as erroneous. I think you 
may be confused.

BTW, the herbivores into carnivores thread has been done to death 
before. Please check the archives.

Incidentally, neither predatory hypsiprymnodontine kangaroos nor 
thylacoleonids evolved from strict herbivores.

DARREN NAISH 
PALAEOBIOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP
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