Native Village Youth and Education News
March 1, 2009 Issue 195 Volume 3
Ancient Whales Gave Birth on Land
Reconstruction of the 2.6-meter-long Maiacetus inuus, an early whale that lived about 47,500,000 ago along the coast of today's southern Asia.
More than 47,500,000 years ago, a whale was about to
give birth to her young -- on land. That's according to
fossilized bones discovered by scientists. The skeletal
remains of a pregnant cetacean showed the fetus was
positioned head-down. That is the case for land-based
animals -- not aquatic whales.
The fetus's teeth were so well-developed that
researchers believe the baby
would have been born within days, had its mom not died.
Artist Rendition: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/access/id/40560/title/sp_maiacetus_2up_rev.jpg
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