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When Whales Walked In Egypt

By Gerard @presurfer
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German paleontologist Eberhard Fraas (1862 - 1915) described a peculiar creature that - had it only been slightly more complete - could have quickly closed a gap in our understanding of one of the greatest transitions in evolutionary history. Fraas called the animal Protocetus. It was one of the very earliest whales.
Found in limestone deposits created on the floor of a 45-million-year-old sea where Cairo, Egypt, now sits, the archaic cetacean was represented by a nearly complete skull and a series of vertebrae from the neck down to the hip. No parts of the limbs were found.The Presurfer

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