17 MILLION YEAR OLD WHALE FOUND NEAR LAKE TURKANA

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17 MILLION YEAR OLD WHALE FOUND NEAR LAKE TURKANA

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The find sheds light on Africa’s ancient swamplands, and has also helped reveal when man first walked on two feet.  Scientists have now concluded that East Africa would have been flatter and wetter at that time, and covered in forest. At this key point in time the landscape then began to rise, the climate began to dry and the forests died away, leading primates living there to begin walking on their two rear limbs.

The ‘Turkana whale’ is estimated to have been 22ft (6.7 metres) long and it is believed to be related to its more modern cousins the Baird’s and Cuvier’s beaked whales.

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17 MILLION YEAR OLD WHALE FOUND NEAR LAKE TURKANA Reviewed by on March 19, 2015 .

Share thisFacebookTwitterPinterestEmailWhatsAppScientists studying the fossil (similar whale above) of a beaked whale discovered in desert of west Turkana in Kenya, say it is the most precisely dated beaked whale in the world, and the only stranded whale ever found so far inland on the African continent. The whale remains were dug up nearly 500 miles

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