Heaviest animal ever may be ancient whale found in Peruvian desert

Photograph of an adult blue whale swimming in the eastern Pacific Ocean, taken no later than 2005. A newly discovered species of whale, revealed in the journal Nature on August 2 and dubbed Perucetus colossus, which means ‘the colossal whale from Peru,’ might dethrone the blue whale and claim the title of the heaviest animal ever to live. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA). It is in the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, produced as part of an employee’s official duties.
Photograph of an adult blue whale swimming in the eastern Pacific Ocean, taken no later than 2005. A newly discovered species of whale, revealed in the journal Nature on August 2 and dubbed Perucetus colossus, which means ‘the colossal whale from Peru,’ might dethrone the blue whale and claim the title of the heaviest animal ever to live. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA). It is in the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, produced as part of an employee’s official duties.
Photograph of an adult blue whale swimming in the eastern Pacific Ocean, taken no later than 2005. A newly discovered species of whale, revealed in the journal Nature on August 2 and dubbed Perucetus colossus, which means ‘the colossal whale from Peru,’ might dethrone the blue whale and claim the title of the heaviest animal ever to live. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA). It is in the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, produced as part of an employee’s official duties.

NEW YORK (AP) – There could be a new contender for heaviest animal to ever live. While today’s blue whale has long held the title, scientists have dug up fossils from an ancient giant that could tip the scales. Researchers described the species – named Perucetus colossus, or “the colossal whale from Peru” – in the journal Nature on August 2. Each vertebra weighs more than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and its ribs measure nearly 5 feet (1.4 meters) long.

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Field Museum unleashes 46ft predatory Spinosaurus in new exhibit

The Spinosaurus skeleton photographed on its Lifting Day at the Field Museum on June 2, when it was moved into place. Image courtesy of the Field Museum, photo credit Kate Golembiewski.
The Spinosaurus skeleton photographed on its Lifting Day at the Field Museum on June 2, when it was moved into place. Image courtesy of the Field Museum, photo credit Kate Golembiewski.
The Spinosaurus skeleton photographed on its Lifting Day at the Field Museum on June 2, when it was moved into place. Image courtesy of the Field Museum, photo credit Kate Golembiewski.

CHICAGO (AP) – The newest addition to the Field Museum on Chicago’s lakefront will give visitors a glimpse of the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered via a 46-foot (14.02-meter) cast of a Spinosaurus skeleton suspended high above the museum’s main hall. Field Museum officials unveiled the cast with its distinctive fin and crocodile-like jaws on June 2. It will be available for visitors starting June 10.

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Woman walking on California beach finds ancient mastodon tooth

This mastodon tooth was initially spotted by Jennifer Schuh as she strolled on a central California beach on May 26. She photographed it, posted it to social media, and asked for help with identifying it. An advisor at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History responded, saying it was a worn molar from an adult Pacific mastodon. Image courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
This mastodon tooth was initially spotted by Jennifer Schuh as she strolled on a central California beach on May 26. She photographed it, posted it to social media, and asked for help with identifying it. An advisor at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History responded, saying it was a worn molar from an adult Pacific mastodon. Image courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
This mastodon tooth was initially spotted by Jennifer Schuh as she strolled on a central California beach on May 26. She photographed it, posted it to social media, and asked for help with identifying it. An advisor at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History responded, saying it was a worn molar from an adult Pacific mastodon, a long-extinct, elephant-like species. Image courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

APTOS, Calif. (AP) – A woman taking a Memorial Day weekend stroll on a California beach found something unusual sticking out of the sand: a tooth from an ancient mastodon. But then the fossil vanished, and it took a media blitz and a kind-hearted jogger to find it again.

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Meteorites hit Maine, museum offers $25K reward for large specimen

Exterior of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel, Maine. The museum is offering a reward of $25,000 to anyone who delivers a one-pound meteorite from a fall recorded over the state on April 8. Photo by Erin Little. Courtesy of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum.
Exterior of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel, Maine. The museum is offering a reward of $25,000 to anyone who delivers a one-pound meteorite from a fall recorded over the state on April 8. Photo by Erin Little. Courtesy of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum.
Exterior of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel, Maine. The museum is offering a reward of $25,000 to anyone who delivers a one-pound meteorite from a fall recorded over the state on April 8. Photo by Erin Little. Courtesy of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Somewhere in a remote stretch of forest near Maine’s border with Canada, rocks from space crashed to Earth and may be scattered across the ground – just waiting to be picked up. If you’re the first person to find a big one, a museum said it’ll pay out a $25,000 reward.

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First evidence for horseback riding dates back 5,000 years

Deccan School Indian miniature painting from the 18th or 19th century, depicting a young prince on horseback and a squire by his side, which sold for $1,100 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2017. On March 3, archaeologists announced they had found evidence that humans were riding horses 5,000 years ago, far earlier than previously believed. Image courtesy of Concept Art Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.
Deccan School Indian miniature painting from the 18th or 19th century, depicting a young prince on horseback and a squire by his side, which sold for $1,100 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2017. On March 3, archaeologists announced they had found evidence that humans were riding horses 5,000 years ago, far earlier than previously believed. Image courtesy of Concept Art Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.
Deccan School Indian miniature painting from the 18th or 19th century depicting a young prince on horseback and a squire by his side, which sold for $1,100 plus the buyer’s premium in December 2017. On March 3, archaeologists announced they had found evidence that humans were riding horses 5,000 years ago, far earlier than previously suspected. Image courtesy of Concept Art Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Archaeologists have found the earliest direct evidence for horseback riding – an innovation that would transform history – in 5,000-year-old human skeletons in central Europe.

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Tampa museum to receive loan of record-setting dinosaur skeleton

A dinosaur skeleton of a triceratops, dubbed Big John, will go on display at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa on Memorial Day weekend. Image courtesy of the Glazer Children’s Museum
A dinosaur skeleton of a triceratops, dubbed Big John, will go on display at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa on Memorial Day weekend. Image courtesy of the Glazer Children’s Museum
A dinosaur skeleton of a triceratops, dubbed Big John, will go on display at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa on Memorial Day weekend. Image courtesy of the Glazer Children’s Museum

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa is champing at the bit to show off the real dinosaur skeleton it is getting – not one of those plaster or robotic ones. It’s nicknamed Big John after the South Dakota rancher whose land was the final resting place for the ancient bones, which set a Guinness record for the largest triceratops skeleton ever uncovered.

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Utah sues Biden over move to restore two national monuments

The Sixshooter Peaks in Bears Ears National Monument, San Juan County, Utah. U.S. Bureau of Land Management public domain image

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The state of Utah and two Republican-leaning rural counties have sued the Biden administration over the president’s decision last year to restore two sprawling national monuments on rugged lands sacred to Native Americans that former President Donald Trump had downsized.

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Malta seeks return of shark tooth fossil gifted to Prince George

Tooth of a Carcharocles megalodon, a close relative of the Great White shark, that lived 23 to 3.6 million years ago during the Early Miocene to the Pliocene Epoch. It measures 5.4 inches long, 4.4 inches wide and was discovered in North Carolina. Photo by Tomleetaiwan

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) – Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Britain’s Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s.

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Sweden: Bones of dog found at Stone Age burial site

Polychrome tracing made by the archaeologist Henri Breuil from the Paleolithic cave painting of Canis c.f. familiaris, a wolf-like canid, discovered in the Font-de-Gaume cave, Dordogne, France, dated to 17,000 years ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Archaeologists on Thursday reported finding the remains of a dog from more than 8,400 years ago at a human burial site in southern Sweden.

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