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'Sea monster' whale fossil unearthed

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posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 10:45 PM

Researchers have discovered the fossilised remains of an ancient whale with huge, fearsome teeth. Writing in the journal Nature, the scientists have dubbed the 12 million-year-old creature "Leviathan". It is thought to have been more than 17m long, and might have engaged in fierce battles with other giant sea creatures from the time.

Now this is really cool. I love these deep sea discoveries..
(The Leviathan skull was discovered in 12 million year-old sediments in Peru )

At the same time in the same waters was another monster... they might have fought each other

So..Leviathan finally gets its rightful name..nice..

Leviathan was much like the modern sperm whale in terms of size and appearance.
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Dr Christian de Muizon Natural History Museum, Paris

But that is where the similarity ends. While the sperm whale is a relatively passive animal, sucking in squid from the depths of the ocean, Leviathan was an aggressive predator.

According to Dr Christian de Muizon, director of the Natural History Museum in Paris, Leviathan could have hunted out and fed on large sea creatures such as dolphins, seals and even other whales.

"It was a kind of a sea monster," he said

good find..
kudos to these guys..

[edit on 30-6-2010 by baddmove]

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posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 10:48 PM
Being discussed here. A great find, cool stuff.

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 10:49 PM
/sigh..a day late and a dollar short again..thanks for letting me know..

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