Regulatory News

After a visit to the Museum of Earth, Life and Sea in Japan, British scientists at The Royal Society discovered that a whale skeleton on exhibit is an extinct species from the late Miocene period, between 10 million and 5 million years ago. "This is an essential discovery to learn about the evolution of whales," the curator of the museum, Naoko Miyagawa, told Spanish news agency Efe.

The fossil, on exhibit at the Japanese museum since 1999, was found in Peru during excavations in the Arequipa region. The skeleton corresponds to a specimen of a new species of balaenopteridae, which are among the largest animals that have ever inhabited the planet.

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