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Egyptian Fossil Reveals Whale Inside Whale Eaten by a Shark

In Wadi al-Hitan, Egypt, also known as the Valley of Whales, a team has discovered a fossil of an ancient whale eaten by a shark.

The 40 million year old specimen has been identified as a  Basilosaurus.

Inside this 60 ft fossil is yet another smaller Basilosaurus, scientists aren’t sure if this was a fetus or the ancient whale ate another of its kind.

Basilosaurus, meaning lizard king, lived between 40 and 34 million years ago and was thought to be a reptile when it was first found.

It had a smaller brain than modern whales, meaning the creature probably didn’t have modern cetacean’s social capabilities.

Another difference to modern whales was the creature’s eel-like body.

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