Facts About Leviathan, the Giant Prehistoric Whale

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A prehistoric leviathan related to modern sperm whales hunted other whales rather than giant squid. The ancient monster takes its name in part from Herman Melville, author of the novel Moby Dick. The fossilized skull and jaw of a giant, million-year-old sperm whale have been discovered off the coast.

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In the last few years, other smaller prehistoric sperm whales have been found in Peru and Italy. Their powerful teeth told us that these predators bit their prey in the manner of killer whales. The teeth were generally quite small but, as early as , fossil hunters have found much larger teeth that looked very. About Leviathan. Leviathan, properly known as Livyatan melvillei, is a prehistoric whale which lived approximately 13 million years ago during the Miocene Period. It was first discovered in when fossils of Livyatan melvillei were collected from the coastal desert of Peru. It was then named in Livyatan means.


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