Fossil of four-legged whales found in Peru

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The fossil of a 43-million-year-old whale with four legs, webbed feet and hooves has been discovered in Peru.

Palaeontologists believe the marine mammal’s four-metre-long body was adapted to swim and walk on land.

The semi-aquatic whale has been compared to an otter or a beaver….. just larger!

It was found in marine sediments 1km inland from Peru’s Pacific coast, at Playa Media Luna.

The scientists that found it have named it Peregocetus pacificus, meaning “the travelling whale that reached the Pacific”.C

58 Responses

  1. I never knew this. This is something that would help me figure out what kind of creatures live in the ocean/sea!

  2. wow i’m fascinated it must of took in a while and some hard work or just a lot of money.
    by Gaitau

  3. wow! I wonder how many other ancient species lived under the water, and a yet to be discovered!

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