A Whale That Could Walk!

Sep 17, 2021 By Angelina K
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A new four-legged whale species was recently discovered by a team of researchers in Egypt. The fossil which was encased in a tomb of rock dates back to over 43 million years ago!

This ancient creature had four functional legs, so it could dwell on both land and in water. Ironically, Egypt's Fayum Depression, the desert where the fossil was discovered, was an ocean millions of years ago.

Researchers believe this fossil is an example from an era when land animals were adapting to marine life. Modern whales evolved from deer-like land mammals over the course of millions of years, and this unique whale could travel across land and swim in the ocean. 

The new species is named Phiomicetus Anubis because the whale’s skull resembles the Egyptian jackal-headed god of death, Anubis. Scientists have also been able to recover the whale’s partial skeleton. They deduced that the ancient whale was approximately three meters in length and weighed 1,300 pounds. The mammal had a long mouthful of teeth, which indicated that it fed on smaller mammals and other sea life.

After analyzing the remains at Mansoura University in the Nile River Delta, scientists speculated that P. Anubis is the oldest semi-aquatic whale species found in Africa. Although the fossil itself was discovered thirteen years ago, researchers just completed the analysis and made the exciting announcement of a new species. Other whale fossils with legs have been found before, but the P. Anubis is the earliest of its kind found in Africa. 

Sources: BBC, Phys.org, principia-scientific.com


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TIMMITHYYY12345... January 30, 2024 - 10:21am
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gaya3 November 24, 2023 - 8:05am
Super good news article
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Scarlet August 2, 2022 - 4:56am
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Kingston February 15, 2022 - 11:17am
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Chocolate_Gamer101 February 8, 2022 - 2:50am
How long did it take to find out it was a whale?
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Kotaro January 31, 2022 - 7:16pm
If there was once a whale that had four legs and was able to walk on land, and there are no more right now, it probably means that the life on living on land and water was not good.
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Kotaro February 1, 2022 - 7:01pm
Could you add more info please.
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vvanruymbeke January 11, 2022 - 12:06pm
Super cool
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ellipink4 January 6, 2022 - 11:11am
Oh my gosh! I cant believe this is a majestic four leg creature!
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CamiDolphin9 January 6, 2022 - 11:11am
Oh my GOD! I cannot believe anything like this exists!
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Kotaro February 3, 2022 - 8:48pm
It doesn't exist anymore. It used to be alive a long time ago.
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Annalise_GRIFFIN January 6, 2022 - 11:10am
WOW so cool :)
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bv9bogo January 5, 2022 - 12:23pm
OK I don't know how whales evolved from that! I mean look at that mouth!
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dancer 2021 December 13, 2021 - 7:53am
this is crazy
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bv9bogo January 5, 2022 - 12:24pm
I know, right!
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Praks-Sunil December 26, 2021 - 7:33pm
mhm i argee
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bv9bogo December 10, 2021 - 5:26pm
imagine waking up with your roof getting yanked off by this and you getting crushed by this
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Rivers November 19, 2021 - 6:42am
imagine walking down the flower feild 50millon years ago and seeing that thing
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dancer 2021 December 13, 2021 - 7:54am
yey that will be dangrouse
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Kotaro November 18, 2021 - 9:15am
This is crazy
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jamest1 November 18, 2021 - 6:43am
I just read it
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Shravan Prasath November 2, 2021 - 12:26pm
Mammals adapting to ocean life is interesting because currently ocean life is trying to adapt to land life.
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Atlantic Dragon November 11, 2021 - 7:13pm
it is true
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I need more info pls
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Demonwolf141 October 6, 2021 - 12:07pm
When was the period mammals adapted to marine life? I thought marine life adapted to land life as more land surfaced from the waters.
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