25 million-year-old mud-sucking whale discovered in Australia

Published on December 28th, 2009 | by Admin

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A 25 million-year-old fossil of mud-sucking whale, an ancestor of today’s blue whales, has been discovered in Australia.

The ancient animal’s mud slurping may have been a precursor to the filter feeding seen in modern baleen whales.

These whales strain huge quantities of tiny marine animals through specialised “combs” which take the place of teeth.

The research is published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

The fossilised remains of the primitive baleen whale Mammalodon colliveri were discovered near Torquay, in Victoria, Australia.

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