posted on Aug, 7 2013 @ 03:52 AM
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This 15-million-year-old whale skull was recovered July 20 at Stratford Hall, Va.
Calvert Marine Museum officials say the skull is 6-feet long and the entire whale would have been at least 25-feet long.
From the banks of the Potomac River, in a region steeped in American history, a massive fossil was dug up last month that apparently can be traced
back to a time long before this country’s recorded history, a time deep in the world’s prehistory.
The fossil is the skull of a whale that is “approximately 15 million years old,” said John Nance, the paleontology collections manager at the
Calvert Marine Museum in Southern Maryland.
The skull is about six-feet long and is believed to weigh about 1,000 pounds. It was excavated in July from the cliffs at the edge of the Potomac on
the grounds of Stratford Hall, the home of Virginia’s Lee family and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee.
The eroding river bank where the whale skull was found also is the area where thousands of shark teeth have been found , and the area is known to be
rich in marine fossils.
When the fossil emerged from the cliff face on July 20, it was wrapped in plaster and burlap and lashed to metal poles. About a dozen people hoisted
it into a boat, which took it to the nearby Westmoreland State Park boat ramp. From there, it was trucked to the marine museum.
That is unbelievable.
Just thought I'd share this with you guys.
edit on 7-8-2013 by snarky412 because: fix link