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2009-02-09 14:42:31

A U.S.-led study of the fossil of an extinct pregnant whale discovered in Pakistan suggests primitive whales gave birth on land. Researchers said the 47.5-million-year-old fossil reveals how primitive whales gave birth and provides new insights into how whales made the transition from land to sea. The researchers who made the discovery said they were at first perplexed by adult female and fetal bones found together. When we first saw the small teeth, we thought we were dealing with a small...

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2009-02-04 13:05:00

Scientists have uncovered two early whale fossils that may shed light on how these ancestors to modern whales evolved from walking on land to becoming sea dwellers. Experts say the fetal remains found along with the 47.5 million-year-old pregnant female fossil were positioned head down, suggesting these creatures gave birth on land, while spending much of the rest of their time in the water. Paleontologist Philip Gingerich, whose University of Michigan research team discovered the fossils in...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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