(named after the Meherrin River).
Named By: J. H. Geisler - 2012.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Inioidea.
Species: M. isoni (type).
Known locations: USA, North Carolina - Eastover Formation.
Time period: Late Miocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial remains.
Meherrinia is an extinct genus of river dolphin that lived in the United States during the late Miocene. Study of the holotype remains has revealed that Meherrinia may be an example of a river dolphin that actually inhabited a marine environment, living in salt water as opposed to fresh water.
- A new genus and species of late Miocene inioid (Cetacea, Odontoceti) from the Meherrin River, North Carolina, U.S.A. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32 (1): 198–211. - J. H. Geisler - 2012.