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Prehistoric whale fossils found

2011-11-12 12:52

Santiago, Chile - Scientists from Chile and the Smithsonian Institution have been working to protect a huge collection of whale fossils found in the Atacama desert.

Those involved in the project say about 80 whales have been preserved in sedimentary rock, and that many of the fossils are completely preserved, including a family group that appears to be a mother, father and baby whale.

The area outside the town of Bahia Inglesa has long been called "Whale Hill" by locals, and was about to be paved over in a coastal highway expansion until paleontologist Mario Suarez persuaded his government to recover the bones first.

The government now plans to build a new museum to house what appears to be an amazing collection.

Comments
  • Fred - 2011-11-12 15:19

    I would be interested to know the age of these fossils.

      binarycape - 2011-11-12 17:48

      So would I. Sometimes some of these reports are a bit lacking.

  • Tyrone - 2011-11-14 10:32

    "fossils found in the Atacama desert." "a family group that appears to be a mother, father and baby whale." Seems that's over millions and millions of years a sea became a desert and some whales were too slow to make it out alive...

  • bodechtel - 2011-11-14 14:46

    The fossils were 80 million years old. More info in the video: http://www.skynews.com.au/offbeat/article.aspx?id=684616&vId=2845214&cId=Offbeat

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