New Species of Four-legged Whale Found


Scientists recently discovered a 43-million-year-old fossil of a four-legged whale species called Phiomicetus anubis in Egypt. It was unearthed from rocks of the middle Eocene Epoch in the Fayum Depression in Egypt’s Western Desert. This area was once covered by sea and is a rich source of fossils. The fossil belongs to an extinct whale group called Protocetida and scientists are hoping that it will help to trace the evolution of animals between land and sea. The skull of the fossil resembles the Anubis, the ancient Egyptian jackal-headed god of the dead, after whom the whale species has been named. According to the study, the whale is said to have weighed around 600kgs and was 10ft long. It had strong jaws that enabled it to catch prey.

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