12  million  year  old fossil whale skull discovered in the US state of Maryland

12 million year old fossil whale skull discovered in the US state of Maryland

By Le Figaro with AFP

Posted yesterday at 9:06pm, updated yesterday at 9:15pm

File photo dated December 20, 2022, when a 12-million-year-old whale skull was discovered at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland. KEVIN SCHMIDT / AFP

Embedded in a block of sediment, the skull weighs about 295 kilos. This is the most complete fossil whale skull found in the region.

A whale skull about 12 million years old was found on a beach in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, according to a local museum. The discovery was made in October by Pennsylvania native Cody Goddard, who was searching for fossils and shark teeth, a popular activity in the area, the Calvert Marine Museum said in a statement.

“We felt like we’d won the World Cup of Paleontology!” said Stephen Godfrey, the museum’s director of paleontology. “We don’t yet know what Miocene cetacean species this is,” he added. “We won’t know until it’s ready for review.”

Two months of extraction

According to the museum, it took two months to extract and move the skull, which is embedded in a block of sediment. The whole thing weighs about 295 kilos. According to the museum, it is the most complete fossil whale skull found in the Calvert Cliffs area and was christened “Cody” after its discoverer.

Stephen Godfrey said the skull was taken to the museum’s fossil lab and special tools would be used to pry it from the sediment, a process that will take several months.

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