12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil Found In A California School Ground

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A whale fossil that’s been sitting on the grounds of a Southern California school for perhaps 80 years may be a previously unknown species. The fossil is a skull embedded in a boulder.

The rock comes from the Monterey formation, a layer set down in the Miocene epoch about 12 million to 20 million years ago. At the time, Southern California was under a shallow sea…

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