Primitive Whale Ancestor With Hooves on Its Toes Found in Peru

Amphibious proto-cetacean living 50 million years ago looked like a cross between a crocodile, a dog and a beaver and could swim as well as walk on land, paleontologists say

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Artistic reconstruction of amphibious four-legged whale ancestor.
Artistic reconstruction of amphibious four-legged whale ancestor.Credit: A. Gennari
Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
50-million-year-old jawbone of whale ancestor found in Peru.Credit: Olivier Lambert et al./Current Biology

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