Reconstruction of a new fossil beluga relative, named Bohaskaia monodontoides, in the foreground. Its living relatives, the beluga and narwhal, are illustrated left to right in the background. Coloration of Bohaskaia is speculative. Art by Carl Buell.
And now more about Bohaskaia. It's the name of a new beluga relative that Jorge and I described in this month's Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. And its namesake honors Dave Bohaska, which we thought was deeply appropriate.
I detailed Bohaskaia's "making of" story in my Smithsonian Around the Mall post last Friday. Also, you can read Jorge's post on Caribbean Paleobiology (in Spanish!). [Addition 14 Mar 12: Smithsonian's Ocean Portal is now carrying the story as well].
Lastly, many sincere thanks to our friend Carl Buell's hard work -- more beautiful art below.