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2010-12-17 10:25:55

There's a whale of a new display at the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History, a leviathan that represents a scientific saga of equally grand proportions. A complete, 50-foot-long skeleton of the extinct whale Basilosaurus isis, which lived 37 million years ago, now is suspended from the ceiling of the museum's second floor gallery and will reign over an updated whale evolution exhibit scheduled to open in April 2011. "It's a spectacular fossil," said Exhibit Museum...

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2009-04-29 09:34:07

A limestone countertop, a practiced eye and Google Earth all played roles in the discovery of a trove of fossils that may shed light on the origins of African wildlife. The circuitous and serendipitous story, featuring University of Michigan paleontologists Philip Gingerich, Gregg Gunnell and Bill Sanders, is the subject of a segment on the award-winning television series "Wild Chronicles," currently airing on public television stations (Episode 412"”Looking Back; check listings for...

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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...

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2005-04-23 11:03:19

CAIRO, Egypt -- University of Michigan paleontologist Philip D. Gingerich and colleagues at the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) announced April 10 the successful excavation of an unusually complete and well-preserved skeleton of the 40 million-year-old fossil whale Basilosaurus isis.   The new skeleton is 18 meters (50 feet) long and was found in Wadi Hitan in the Western Sahara of Egypt. The first Basilosaurus fossil was found in 1905 but no full skeleton has been...


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