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A discovery that gives scientists insights like never before

Fri 27 Aug 2021    
| < 1 min read

Archaeological discoveries have continued to amaze us all over the years, this particular one is quite unique. Scientists recently found a four-legged ‘god of death’ whale in Egypt and have named it after the god of death, Phiomicetus Anubis.

They believe that the 43 million-year-old fossil will garner more insight into how whales transitioned to a fully aquatic lifestyle.

The fossil that is dated to the middle Eocene Epoch is a prehistoric animal that lived both on land and in water. It was found in Egypt’s Fayum Depression – a geographic feature south of Cairo and to the west of the Nile.

It is believed to be about 10 feet tall (three meters) in length and weighed more than 1,300 pounds (600kg).

As this whale spent most of its time in water and on land, the Phiomicetus is believed to be perhaps a top predator who used its large jaws to clamp down on prey.