SCIENCE

The rare ancient whale remains have been discovered in Thailand.

A 12-meter-long whale skeleton dating back to 3,000-5,000 years old was discovered in early November off the coast about 12km west of Bangkok, BBC reported.

Experts speculate that the remains belonged to an individual Bryde whale. Photos shared by Thai Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa show that the skeleton is almost completely intact.

According to Mr. Silpa-archa, more than 80% of the skeleton to date has been restored, including the vertebrae, the ribs, the fins and one side of the scapula. Particularly the first part of the skeleton is estimated to be up to 3m in length.

The scientists hope the findings will help “open a window to the past”, especially in the field of sea level and biodiversity studies.

Mammal researcher Marcus Chua of the National University of Singapore (NUS) calls these partially fossilized skeletons “a rare discovery”.

“There are very few partially fossilized whales in Asia, especially specimens that are in such good condition are even rarer,” Chua said.

Professor from NUS said the aforementioned finding would allow researchers to learn more about Bryde whales in the past and evaluate whether there are any differences from today’s Bryde whales. .

According to Chua, the skeleton will also provide information on “paleontological and geological conditions, including sea level amplitude, some types of sediments and marine populations at that time”.

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