Summary #160

Along the coast of Peru, scientists discover an ancient whale with 4 legs
  • Scientists have found the skeleton of a four-legged whale that lived along the coast of Peru 42.6 million years ago - the oldest found yet in the Americas.
  • They named it Peregocetus pacificus (“the traveling whale that reached the Pacific”).
  • It’s the first indisputable record of a four-legged whale for the whole Pacific Ocean, and the most complete skeleton found outside the Middle East.
  • This specimen proves that four-legged whales were able to cross the South Atlantic Ocean and reach the Pacific Ocean while retaining functional, weight-bearing limbs.


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