Researchers in Egypt have fossilized a new species of strange four-legged whale Found Which is 43 million years old. This fossil actually belongs to an amphibian found in the western desert of Egypt.
The fossil was found among mid-Eocene rocks in Egypt’s Al-Fayoum oasis, an area that was previously under water and is now full of valuable discoveries about whale evolution. This is not the first time a four-legged whale fossil has been discovered. However, researchers believe that this new fossil is one of the newest examples of amphibian whales discovered in Africa.
The skull of this fossil resembles Anubis, the god of death in ancient Egypt, who has a jackal-like head. For this reason, paleontologists in this study named the animal “Amphibious Phiomicetus Anubis”. This new species of whale is one of the most important discoveries for the paleontology of Africa and Egypt.
Researchers estimate that the first aquatic whale evolved in South Asia about 50 million years ago. Although many whale-related fossils have been discovered recently, how they evolved in Africa remains a mystery. Currently, valuable projects are underway in Egypt’s Al-Fayoum oasis, which provide us with many details about the evolution of these animals from amphibian to aquatic life.
The researchers said in their study that the new fossil belongs to the ancestral genus. Pioneers are a group of animals that evolve and transport whales from land to sea. The ancestors of modern whales evolved from deer-shaped mammals that lived on land for more than 10 million years.
Studies have shown that the animal weighed an average of 600 kilograms and was three meters tall and could walk on land and swim in the sea. By examining the animal’s strong jaws, the researchers speculated that it may have been one of the area’s largest predators during its lifetime.