A new chapter in the history of the animal world is opening: scientists have announced the sensational discovery of a new species of whale called Perucetus colossus. This giant mammal was identified from bones found more than 10 years ago in Peru. Researchers report that Perucetus colossus is likely to be the heaviest animal in the history of the planet.
The fossils of this ancient whale cause admiration and amazement. The weight of each vertebrae is about 100 kilograms, and the age of the fossils is estimated at about 39 million years. The total weight of individuals of the species Perucetus colossus could reach an astounding 340 tons, which is much higher than the average weight of blue whales, which is about 180 tons.
However, despite its colossal mass, Perucetus colossus was not the largest animal in Earth’s history. Scientists emphasize that there were larger species. Nevertheless, the heaviness and size of Perucetus colossus is still admired and marveled at.
One of the main tasks of scientists is to determine the habitat of these giant whales. Preliminary evidence indicates that they probably inhabited coastal waters. However, it is still a mystery what these mammals fed on. Scientists continue their research and hope to unlock all the secrets of this ancient species.
It is interesting to note that recently another amazing discovery in the world’s oceans was announced. Scientists discovered the jellyfish Turritopsis dohrnii, which has potential immortality. This creature is capable of rolling back to the developmental level of a polyp after sustaining damage. This discovery confirms that nature is truly amazing and full of unexpected discoveries.