16-million-year-old whale fossil 'rescued' from hillside

August 2, 2014 3:31 AM

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Negotiating a system of ropes and pulleys, a search-and-rescue crew labored for hours Friday through dirt and tilted terrain to free a trapped whale fossil from a Rancho Palos Verdes hillside.

The approximately 16-million-year-old baleen whale fossil at the heart of the hubbub that prompted a caravan of news crews to quiet Browndeer Lane was stoic and unmoving throughout the four-hour ordeal.

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