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Archaeocete Whale Vertebra

This is the giant whale vert that I found digging. its absolutely huge, too - 7 inches in diameter and 6 1/2" tall. m4 took this to the SC Museum for positive identification because its way too big to be Zygorhiza kochii, the species of archaeocete whale normally found at Lafarge. The two species have identical teeth, but can be differentiated by the vertebra. From what he said, this species had not been positively identified from the mine - that is, until now ;-)
Location Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Species Pontogeneus brachyspondylus
Age Eocene Epoch
Formation Green Cap Formation
Category Marine Mammal
Length 7 inches

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Date Added4/19/2003

  

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