Ancient whales

This illustration by Carl Buell depicts Ocucajea picklingi (center) and Supayacetus muizoni (bottom), two ancient whales that lived off the Peruvian coast during the Eocene, between 56-34 million years ago.  At top is an unnamed whale and the fossil penguin Perudyptes devriesi. Nicholas Pyenson, paleobiologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, helped discover fossils of these whales in Peru’s Pisco Basin. Read his account of the discovery on this Ocean Portal blog post.

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  • rob

    Very cool looking. About how big were these?