EM – A prehistoric four-legged whale discovered in Egypt

Egyptian scientists have identified a new fossil of an unusual species. Fragments of an “amphibious Phiomicetus anubis” were found in the oasis of Fayoum south of Cairo in Western Sahara. It is a prehistoric four-legged whale, three meters long and weighing nearly 600 kilograms. These whale ancestors lived around 43 million years ago in the Eocene, Insider said on Thursday, August 26.

This species of four-legged whale could go ashore and swim in the ocean, and the giant whale was endowed with physical characteristics that made it suitable made it extremely impressive. “We have discovered how wild and deadly its powerful jaws are to tear apart a wide variety of prey. This whale was a god of death for most of the animals that lived in its region, ”says Abdullah Gohar, lead author of the study, confirmed by Insider. According to the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this discovery should allow us to analyze how these animals evolved from land to sea.

The Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Wednesday identified a new species of quadrupedal whale that originally lived 43 million years ago. According to the study, the whale was able to walk on sand and swim in water. #Wal #Phiomicetus pic.twitter.com/CQ3l2bQnPy

This is not the first time that remains of the amphibian Phiomicetus anubis have been found. In 2019, the four-legged ancestor of Peru south of Lima was excavated in good condition. These mammals lived mainly in Asia, India and Pakistan, but fragments of fossils have been found in North America.

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The partial skeleton discovered in Western Sahara is perhaps the oldest species of semi-aquatic whale found on the African continent. This is the first time that an Arab team has discovered, scientifically analyzed and named a whale fossil. According to scientist Abdullah Gohar, “despite Egypt’s rich natural heritage with important fossils of whale ancestors, paleontology has long been reserved for foreign scientists.”

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I had read (but I no longer have this clue) that dogs are far from whales. If anyone has a lead …
The one we see in the photo reminds me of a dog’s muzzle with beautiful teeth. Another question: when did the barbs of our current whales appear?

Are you from Marseille? Looks more like a big seal or an elephant seal than a whale; -)

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