Sperm whale fossils up to 12 million years old unearthed at Irvine landfill 1 / 4 Fossilized teeth from a sperm whale were discovered at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Irvine. The 40-foot. Landfill Surprises Scientists With 12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils The fossilized remains of a sperm whale were discovered in a newly cleared area of an Orange County landfill By Marissa.
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are the largest toothed whales alive today. The rock comes from the Monterey formation, a layer set down in the Miocene epoch about 12 million to 20 million years ago. At the time, Southern California was under a shallow sea.Author: Livescience. Jun 24, 2016 · SPERM WHALE FOSSILS UP TO 12 MILLION YEARS OLD FOUND IN IRVINE LANDFILL. Thanks to Irwin Bryan for contributing to this post.
The 12-million-year-old skull -- which measures nearly 10 feet across -- belonged to a now-extinct genus and species of sperm whale that could have been as much as 57 feet long. The Author: The Los Angeles Times. Jun 24, 2016 · That’s what paleontologists explained at a media briefing today to unveil the recent fossil find of more than 20 sizable pieces, including teeth weighing at least one pound, a flipper bone and portions of jaw and skull bones from a sperm whale dating back 10-12 million years.