Newly Discovered Fossil: A Whale Ate Another Whale, Then a Shark Ate Both of Them

posted: 06/05/15
by: Danny Clemens
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Paleontologists digging in Egypt's Valley of the Whales have uncovered a Russian nesting doll of marine fossils: a prehistoric whale ate another smaller whale, and they were both then devoured by a massive shark:

The larger whale, Basilosaurus, grew to a length of up to 65 feet, and is believed to be the largest known ocean animal from the Late Eocene Period, approximately 35 million years ago.

It appears that the large Basilosaurus ate a smaller Basilosaurus -- although researchers haven't ruled out the possibility that the smaller whale could be a fetus. Based on shark teeth found in close proximity to the two whales' remains, paleontologists believe that a massive shark then feasted on the two whales, according to the Daily Mail.

The Valley of Whales is home to numerous fossilized whale remains. Since the Unesco World Heritage Site's discovery in 1902, ten prehistoric whales have been identified, although this find marks the first complete Basilosaurus discovery.

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