Subject: Whale bones

Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Thu, 14 Jan 1999 06:50:49 -0500

Hello:

I'm not qualified to answer your question, but am forwarding your
message to Dr Jim Mead at the Smithsonian Institution for a reply.  he
should be able to help you.

Regards,

Phil Clapham


mike williamson wrote:
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 21:10:24 +0000
> From: timd_huang <timd_huang@mail.formac.com.tw>
> To: whale-master@whale.wheelock.edu
> Subject: Can you help?
> 
> Hello, Sir,
> 
> I recently dug out a whale vertabra fossil, estimated 11 million years
> old. The diameter of the bertabra is 25 cm. From this end of a rib to
> the end of the other rib is 95 cm (including the central vertabra), and
> the spinal bone is 27 cm. I am wondering what kind of whale could this
> be?
> 
> By the way, as far as we know, this probably is the oldest mammal ever
> found in Taiwan, and is the number 4 whale fossil ever found here. The
> other three were from the formation of about 2 million years.
> 
> Any information or expert you can direct me to will be very appreciated.
> 
> Smiles,
> Tim Huang

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