Paleontologist Olivier Lambert of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has officially announced the discovery of a new ancestor of modern cetaceans. A creature called Peregocetus pacificus distinguishes its time and habitat from other ancient land whales. This is the Eocene, 42, 6 million years ago, when the future Pacific Ocean washed the waters of the future South American continent, and now the territory of Peru.
The very name of the animal indicates its original status in history: "a wandering whale that reached the Pacific Ocean." The fact is that all the best-preserved remains of land whales were previously found mainly in Pakistan. And they began to swim, or rather, moved from land to water, in the future Atlantic Ocean. From this point of view, to find the bones of whales in Peru, on the other side of the planet, is almost nonsense - this is the find and called "wandering."
The skeleton is very well preserved, we managed to collect all the limbs and parts of the tail, which is very similar to the lobe, like that of a beaver. With such a tail, the ancient whale felt comfortable in the incredibly warm waters of that era. And he could well arrange long swims, migrating between Africa and South America, fortunately, in those days the distance between them was half the modern one, and the depths are symbolic.
The age of the remains is not at all the limit, scientists believe, they intend to dig even deeper and move along the continent. There is every reason to believe that land whales could have lived here much earlier and spread quite far, including the continent of North America. The hunt continues!