17 Million Year Old Whale Fossil May Help Scientists Understand Human Evolution

March 17, 2015 4:29 PM

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A team of scientists are currently studying the remains of a 17 million year old beaked whale that was approximately 22 foot long. According to the researchers, the prehistoric whale, which swam in an African river millions of years ago, may offer some clues regarding the climate changes that were responsible for shaping human evolution.

The 17 million year old whale fossil consists of a fossilized beak and a piece of the jaw bone, and has been missing for more than 30 years.

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