Egyptian team identifies fossil of land whale species
Egyptian scientists say the fossil of a prehistoric four-legged whale, unearthed more than a decade ago in the country’s western desert, is that of a previously unknown species. The prehistoric whale, known as the semi-aquatic because it lived on both land and sea, exhibited the characteristics of an accomplished hunter, the team’s senior paleontologist, Hesham Sallam, told The Associated Press – features that set it apart from other whale fossils. The fossil was first discovered by a team of Egyptian conservationists in 2008 in an area that was covered by seas in prehistoric times, but researchers only released their findings confirming a new species last month. .