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- noun biology An animal feeding primarily on
plankton, such as a blue whale.
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The phytoplanktons that the giant planktivore ate are tiny but are often quite plentiful.
Team member Kenshu Shimada, associate professor of environmental and biological science at DePaul University and research associate in Paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History at Fort Hays State University, said the fish was most likely surrounded by many formidable predators, such as large meat-eating sharks and marine lizards but the planktivore had the ability to protect itself.
Orville Bonner, a retired Vertebrate Paleontology preparator for the University, said the significant fossil of the giant planktivore was uncovered from the Niobrara Chalk, a fossil collecting site in Western Kansas in 1971 by his father Marion Bonner.