Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Largest leviathan yet: Giant whale-eating whale discovered

Image: Leviathan melvilleiis

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Skull of 13 million-year-old fossil found off coast of Peru

The giant 3-meter (10-foot) skull of what's been dubbed Leviathan melvillei (in honor of the author of "Moby Dick") was found with teeth in its top and bottom jaws up to 36 centimeters (14 inches) long. The discovery is reported in the July 1 issue of the journal Nature.

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