Previously Unknown Four-Legged Whale Species Discovered In Egypt And Dubbed ‘God Of Death’

Previously Unknown Four-Legged Whale Species Discovered In Egypt And Dubbed ‘God Of Death’

Ancient monsters once roamed the Earth. Paleontologists in Egypt just came across one such creature, a four-legged whale so fearsome that they named it Phiomicetus anubis, after the Egyptian god of death.

“It was a successful, active predator,” said Abdullah Gohar. A graduate student at the Mansoura University Vertebrate Palaeontology Centre, Gohar is the lead author of a recent paper describing the discovery.

“I think it was the god of death for most animals that lived alongside it.”

In a nod to the whale’s jackal-like head and ability to kill, paleontologists called it Phiomicetus anubis. Anubis, of course, was the Egyptian god of death. Phiomicetus categorizes the whale with other similar fossils, which straddle the species’ transition from land to sea.“Phiomicetus anubis is a key new whale species, and a critical discovery for Egyptian and African paleontology,”

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