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Oldest Whale Fossil Provides Date for East Africa’s Uplift

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Originally Posted: March 17, 2015

Uplift associated with the Great Rift Valley of East Africa and the environmental changes it produced have puzzled scientists for decades because the timing and starting elevation have been poorly constrained.

Now paleontologists have tapped a fossil from the most precisely dated beaked whale in the world – and the only stranded whale ever found so far inland on the African continent – to pinpoint, for the first time, a date when East Africa’s mysterious elevation began. READ MORE

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