On the beach of Santa Cruz County found the remains of an ancient toothed whale


14/08/2009

A team of researchers began studying a half-ton piece of sandstone, exposing the remains of an ancient toothed whale, who lived in a time when a shallow sea covered most of the region, and the underwater world was not so, as it is now.

At the request of paleontologists exact location of the excavation is not disclosed in order to protect historically valuable land from the invasion of County fans to delve into the earth in search of fossils.

Presumably, found the remains belong to 2-3-meter animal. Up to this point already found near the remains of the whale of the same age (about 5 million years), but he is believed to have lived on a strictly vegetarian diet, as opposed to found a carnivorous predator.

Although it’s easy to find whale bones along the Monterey Bay, the size of the intact skeleton of the animal, according to paleontologists, is unusual and could shed more light on the marine life of those times.

But above all, it is necessary to identify the species found small toothed whale. Sandstone block comprises at least part of the skull and several vertebrae, it is sufficient to determine the species.

To date, the whales that lived 5 million years ago and having teeth, do not exist. Some of their descendants, however, includes a modern dolphin, whale, killer whale, porpoise and pilot whale ordinary (black dolphin).

Ancient whales are believed to feed on fish, squid and sometimes marine mammals.

The age of the newly discovered animal corresponds to the age of sandstone in which the fossils were found. A stone itself dates from the late Miocene, Pliocene epoch beginning. You can always download the news ticker and be aware of all the world’s news.

Original: Santacruzsentinel.com


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