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    Boessenecker, R.W. and R.E. Fordyce. Minor revision. Trace fossil evidence of predation upon bone-eating worms on a baleen whale skeleton from the Oligocene of New Zealand. Lethaia.

    Boessenecker, R.W.
    and R.E. Fordyce. Accepted.
    A New Eomysticetid (Mammalia: Cetacea) from the Late Oligocene of New Zealand and a Reevaluation of “Mauicetuswaitakiensis". Papers in Palaeontology.

    Boessenecker, R.W.,
    Ehret, D.J., Long, D.J., Martin, E., and S.J. Boessenecker. Submitted.
    The Pliocene extinction of the mega-toothed shark Carcharocles megalodon: a review of late Neogene occurrences in the eastern North Pacific. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

    Tsai, C.H., and
    Boessenecker, R.W. Accepted. An Early Pleistocene gray whale (Cetacea: Eschrichtiidae) from the Rio Dell Formation of Northern California. Journal of Paleontology.

    Churchill, M.M., Boessenecker, R.W., and Clementz, M. In Press. Colonization of the Southern Hemisphere by fur seals and sea lions (Carnivora: Otariidae), revealed by combined evidence phylogenetic and Bayesian biogeographic analysis. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

    Racicot, R.A., Demere, T.A., Beatty, B.L., and R.W. Boessenecker. 2014. Unique feeding morphology in a new prognathous extinct porpoise from the Pliocene of California. Current Biology 24:1-6. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W., Perry, F.A., and Schmitt, J.G. 2014. Comparative taphonomy, taphofacies, and bonebeds of the Mio-Pliocene Purisima Formation, central California: strong physical control on marine vertebrate preservation in shallow marine settings. PLOS One 9:3:e91419.
    Link to Open access article on plosoneorg.

    El Adli, J., Demere, T.A., and Boessenecker, R.W. 2014.
    A new species of the diminutive baleen whale Herpetocetus (Cetacea: Mysticeti) from the upper Pliocene (Piacenzian) of California, USA with observations on the evolution and relationships of the Cetotheriidae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 170:2:400-466. Abstract.
    Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W. 2013. A new marine vertebrate assemblage from the Late Neogene Purisima Formation in Central California, Part II: Pinnipeds and cetaceans. Geodiversitas 35:4:815-940. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W., Geisler, J.H., and Perry, F.A.
    2013. Globicephaline whales from the Mio-Pliocene Purisima Formation of central California. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica Abstract. Link to Open Access article on app.pan.pl

    Boessenecker, R.W.
    2013. Taphonomic implications of barnacle-encrusted sea lion bones from the Middle Pleistocene Port Orford Formation, coastal Oregon Journal of Paleontology 87:4:657-663. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W. 2013. Pleistocene survival of an archaic dwarf baleen whale (Mysticeti: Cetotheriidae). Naturwissenschaften 100:4:365-371. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Marx, F.G., Buono, M.R., Fordyce, R.E., and R.W. Boessenecker. 2013. Juvenile morphology: a clue to the origins of the most mysterious of mysticetes? Naturwissenschaften 100:3:257-261. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W.
    and M. Churchill. 2013. A reevaluation of the morphology, paleoecology, and phylogenetic relationships of the enigmatic walrus Pelagiarctos. PLoS One 8(1) e54311. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054311. Link to Open access article on plosoneorg. Link to morphobank account for this study.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  and F.A. Perry. 2011. Mammalian bite marks on juvenile fur seal bones from the late Neogene Purisima Formation of Central California. Palaios 26(2):115-120. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  2011A. Herpetocetine (Cetacea:Mysticeti) dentaries from the Upper Miocene Santa Margarita Sandstone of Central California. PaleoBios 30(1):1-12. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  2011B. New records of the fur seal Callorhinus (Carnivora: Otariidae) from the Plio-Pleistocene Rio Dell Formation of Northern California and comments on otariid dental evolution. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(2):454-467. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  and N.A. Smith. 2011. Latest Pacific basin record of a bony-toothed bird (Aves, Pelagornithidae) from the Pliocene Purisima Formation of California, U.S.A. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3):652-657. Abstract. Email RWB for electronic pdf of article.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  2011C. A new marine vertebrate assemblage from the Purisima Formation in Central California, Part I: fossil sharks, bony fish, birds, and implications for the age of the Neogene Purisima Formation west of the San Gregorio fault. PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 8(4):1-30. Abstract. Link to open access article on palarch.nl.

    Email me at robert.boesseneker (AT) otago.ac.nz OR boessenecker (AT) gmail.com for pdfs of published articles.


    Completed Theses

    Boessenecker, R.W.  2011. Comparative taphonomy and taphofacies analysis of marine vertebrates of the Neogene Purisima Formation, central California. Unpublished Master's Thesis, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. 187 p.


    Conference Presentations

    Long, D.J., Boessenecker, R.W., and D. Ehret. 2014. Timing of evolution in the Carcharodon lineage: rapid morphological change creates a major shift in trophic niche. Sharks International Conference 2014.

    Boessenecker, R.W. and R. E. Fordyce. 2014. New eomysticetid fossils from the upper Oligocene of New Zealand and the identity of "Mauicetus" lophocephalus Marples, 1956. Seventh Triennial Conference on Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water Program with Abstracts

    Boessenecker, R.W. and R. E. Fordyce. 2013. Surprising diversity of transitional baleen whales: a new multispecies assemblage of eomysticetids from the Late Oligocene of New Zealand. 20th Biennial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  and R. E. Fordyce. 2013. Anatomy and ontogeny of a transitional baleen whale: a new eomysticetid (Mammalia: Cetacea) from the late Oligocene Otekaike Limestone of New Zealand. Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  and J.G. Schmitt. 2012. Taphofacies analysis of the Neogene Purisima Formation in Northern California indicates strong depositional control on marine vertebrate preservation in shallow marine deposits. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32:65A.

    Fordyce, R.E., Aguirre-Fernandez, G., Boessenecker, R.W. , Hiller, N., and Marx, F.G. 2012. The evolution of cetaceans and the Southern Ocean. 15ª RT 9º SOLAMAC. (Puerto Madryn, Argentina).

    Churchill, M.M., Boessenecker, R.W. , and M.T. Clementz. 2011. Biogeographic implications of Otariidae (Mammalia: Carnivora) systematics. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31:89A.

    El Adli, J., and Boessenecker, R.W. 2011. The musculature of the temporomandibular region in the Mio-Pliocene baleen [whale] genus Herpetocetus and its inference for feeding strategy. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31:104A.

    Geisler, J., Martinez, M., Lambert, O., and 
    Boessenecker, R.W. 2011. Evolution of high-frequency hearing in odontocetes (Mammalia: Cetacea). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31:115A.

    Boessenecker, R.W. 2011.
    Marine vertebrate taphofacies of the Neogene Purisima Formation of central California: implications for the study of fossil marine vertebrates and their depositional context. Sixth Triennial Conference on Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water Program with Abstracts: 12.

    Churchill, M.M.,
    Boessenecker, R.W. , and M.T. Clementz. 2011. Conservation implications of a new phylogeny of fur seals and sea lions. Annual meeting of the Society for Marine Mammals.

    Churchill, M.M., Boessenecker, R.W. , and M.T. Clementz. 2011. The systematics of Otariidae, and the influence of allometry and polymorphism on morphology based phylogenetics. Sixth Triennial Conference on Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water Program with Abstracts: 17.

    El Adli, J., Boessenecker, R.W. , and J. H. Geisler. 2011. Taxonomic problems of and relationships among species of the fossil baleen whale genus Herpetocetus. Sixth Triennial Conference on Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water Program with Abstracts: 23.

    Churchill, M. M., Boessenecker, R.W. , and M. T. Clementz. 2010. Preliminary results of a comprehensive morphological phylogeny of the Pinnipedia (Mammalia: Carnivora). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30:72A.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  2010. Barnacle colonization of Middle Pleistocene Sea Lion (Carnivora:Pinnipedia) bones elucidate the biostratinomy of a fossil marine mammal. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30:61A.

    Haasl, D.M., L.H. Fisk, F.A. Perry, Boessenecker, R.W. , S.J. Blakely, and L. R. Pratt. 2009. Paleontological resource mitigation at Santa Cruz, California. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.

    Boessenecker, R.W. , J.H. Geisler, and F.A. Perry. 2009. A fossil pilot whale, Globicephala sp. (Cetacea: Delphinidae) from the Late Pliocene Purisima Formation of Central California. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(3):66A.

    Boessenecker, R.W. , and J. H. Geisler. 2008. New material of the bizarre whale Herpetocetus bramblei from the latest Miocene Purisima Formation of Central California. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(3):54A.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  New records of fur seals and walruses (Carnivora: Pinnipedia) from the late Neogene of Northern California. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(3):50A.

    Boessenecker, R.W.  A new marine vertebrate assemblage from the late Neogene Purisima Formation at Pomponio State Beach, California. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(3):43A.
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