World|science|April 5, 2019 / 11:00 AM
Fossil of ancient four-legged whale found in Peru

AKIPRESS.COM - The fossil of a 43-million-year-old whale with four legs, webbed feet and hooves has been discovered in Peru, BBC reports.

Palaeontologists believe the marine mammal's four-metre-long (13 ft) body was adapted to swim and walk on land.

With four limbs capable of carrying its weight and a powerful tail, the semi-aquatic whale has been compared to an otter or a beaver.

Researchers believe the discovery could shed light on the evolution of the whale and how it spread.

"This is the most complete specimen ever found for a four-legged whale outside of India and Pakistan," Dr Olivier Lambert, a scientist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and co-author of the study, said.

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