Many skeletons of prehistoric whales have been discovered in a valley in Egypt, and officials Saturday said it might be an entirely unknown species.
A complete skull, two jaws, 20 vertebrae and some ribs were found in a valley north of Lake Qarun in Egypt’s Fayoum region, Xinhua reported citing the ministry of environment.
The vertebrae and some teeth belongs to a bigger whale, believed to be a previously unknown species.
The discovery has enriched the historic record of presence of whales in Egypt, the officials said.
Lake Qarun was a freshwater one in the prehistoric era but today is a saltwater lake. Ancient Egyptians used to live around the lake, fishing and hunting animals.
There are 10 species of the baleen whales including the blue whale which is the largest mammal on the planet while the teethed whales that have about 60 different types of whales.
Posted by : Yasmine Aladdin