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36-million-year-old whale fossil found in Peruvian desert

  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    30th Mar, 2022

Palaeontologists recently unveiled the fossilized remains of an ancient whale that inhabited the seas 36 million years ago, found last year in a Peruvian desert.

Context:

Palaeontologists recently unveiled the fossilized remains of an ancient whale that inhabited the seas 36 million years ago, found last year in a Peruvian desert.

About the fossil:

  • The basilosaurus was found at the end of 2021 in the Ocucaje Desert, about 350 Km south of Lima.
    • It is located in the southern part of the Province of Ica, Peru.
  • The desolate landscape was a shallow sea millions of years ago, and its dunes have yielded large numbers of striking primitive sea mammal remains.
  • The "Ocucaje Predator," was about 17 meters (55 feet) long and used its massive, powerful teeth to feed on tuna, sharks and schools of sardines.

 

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