"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known" Carl Sagan
sábado, 19 de noviembre de 2011
Palaeontology - Prehistoric whales exposed in Chilean fossil bed
Scientists from Chile and the Smithsonian Institution have been working to protect a huge collection of whale fossils found in the Atacama desert.
The whales are ancient relatives of the whales of today [Credit: Reuters]
Those involved in the project say about 80 whales have been preserved in sedimentary rock, and that many of the fossils are completely preserved, including a family group that appears to be a mother, father and baby whale.
The area outside the town of Bahia Inglesa has long been called "Whale Hill" by locals, and was about to be paved over in a coastal highway expansion until paleontologist Mario Suarez persuaded his government to recover the bones first.
The government now plans to build a new museum to house what appears to be an amazing collection.