Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the fossil of a new type of amphibious whale Which plowed the water 43 million years ago in Fayoum, south of Cairo, one of the team members pointed out.
“It’s an unknown species” to scientists, said the paleontology professor Hicham Salam, a member of the team that discovered the fossil.
“It’s the first time that A . has been around Arab Research TeamHe added, in televised statements on Thursday evening, that this discovery, especially the Egyptian one.
Abdullah Gohar from Mansoura University with part of a fossil found in the Fayoum depression. Photo: Reuters
The new species of whale measured more than three meters and weighed about 600 kilograms, and was baptized “Fiumicetus anubis”, a name derived from the place where it was discovered, Fayoum, and from God AnubisOne of the oldest Egyptian deities.
In a statement published on Wednesday, the Ministry of Environment confirmed that this type of whale “was… The fiercest and oldest in Africa.
Abdullah Gohar, one of the leaders of the team that discovered the unique whale specimen in Egypt, removes the fossilized remains of this animal. Photo: Reuters
“Whale has power at the same time Walking on land and swimming in the seaThe ministry added, “and it was” a large predator with powerful jaws, “explaining that this discovery is a witness to the evolution of these species.
In the Fayoum area, which was millions of years ago covered with water, there is something called Whale Valleywhich contain fossil remains of “priceless”, according to UNESCO.