Animals, Science

Huge whale cemetery discovered in Chilean desert

Paleontologists have unearthed the remains of numerous whale fossils, dating back from seven million years ago,  in Northern Chile. On further analysis it was revealed that the site in question is actually home to numerous other specimens, so far no less than 80 fossils have been recovered from the whale graveyard.

“In 15 days, we have had almost 15 whales. It really was a surprise. We didn’t expect to find so many fossils in one place,” said site manager John Vega.

The whales had been perfectly preserved in the sedementary rock beneath the Atacama desert, with a number of fossils being unearthed in pristine condition,  including a family group that appears to be a mother, father and baby whale. This area was long known to be a good place for finding whale fossils, popularily known among the locals as “Whale Hill.”

All these marvelous and valuable fossils, however, could’ve been lost forever, or even worse, destroyed by a potential highway which was projected to pass through the site. Luckily, paleontologist Mario Suarez managed to persuade his government to recover the bones first. Moreover, the government now plans to build a new museum to house what appears to be an amazing collection.

Experts working on the site believe that the discovery has a global importance, as there has never been a find of this size or diversity anywhere in the world. Their discovery wasn’t limited to whale fossils, either, as remains of sharks, dolphins and seals were also found.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arx-Ferrum/100001094401306 Arx Ferrum

    Quoting: “The whales had been perfectly preserved in the sedementary rock beneath the Atacama desert, with a number of fossils being unearthed in pristine condition,  including a family group that appears to be a mother, father and baby whale.”

    What kind of massive, unimaginable catastrophe could have suddenly buried, not one, not two but a whole family of whales – Mother, Father and Junior – in such a way as to preserve them in the position of their last breath? This isn’t the result of gradual accumulation. This is the outcome of immediate burial. We’re talking global scale event. 

    This is not unlike finding frozen mammoths preserved with their last meal still in their bellies and last bite in their mouths. One can’t simply explain that as a natural death. Science has yet to address the process by which these records were created. It’s quite amazing.

  • joed

    god hates to hear people talk like you do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arx-Ferrum/100001094401306 Arx Ferrum

    i cud mispel a werd are too iffens it heps…

    ;)

  • William4121

    God most certainly does not hate. If you can think of what or who you loved more than anything in your life, then you have an infinitely small taste of what God has for you and anything else he made. So far more good than your imagination would see in a billion years of contemplation.

  • joed

    William,
    God really hates to hear people talk like that.
    Hell is waiting for those who offend.  Be careful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arx-Ferrum/100001094401306 Arx Ferrum

    Okee dokee, then what did I say in my original comment that the Almighty might have hated??