INTACT SPERM WHALE FOSSIL VERTEBRA
St. Mary's River - Georgia, U.S.A.
TO PLIOCENE PERIOD: 23.3 - 1.81 million years ago
This is an uncommonly well-preserved, giant fossil whale vertebra from a
prehistoric Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus from the Miocene/ Pliocene Period.
The Sperm whale is and was the largest of all the toothed whales and
males can grow to lengths in excess of 60 feet.
The male Sperm whale is THE largest predator living in the sea
today. They are truly the kings of
the ocean realm.
very well-preserved large vertebra has a
centrum that is
smooth on both sides with bone grain that is wonderfully detailed. Part of
the transverse processes are still present. A specimen such as this
is perfect to display
alongside a Megalodon shark tooth collection as this creature would have shared
the same waters and served as the main food source for the largest and
most dangerous shark that ever lived, the
shark. This specimen
is far nicer than normally seen deserves a place in the finest fossil
collection. Visually impressive!
Intact with NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION.
Whales, dolphins and
porpoises make up the group of air-breathing marine mammals called
CETACEANS. This group is comprised of three sub-groups - the
extinct ARCHAEOCETI, and two living types, the ODONTOCETI (toothed whales)
and MYSTICETI (baleen whales). All have a body structure that is highly adapted for their marine
environment. These features include paddle-like forelimbs, lack of
external hind limbs, large tail for propulsion underwater, dorsally
located nostrils for breathing just above the surface of the water,
specialized ears for underwater hearing and a streamlined body profile
for efficient hydrodynamic locomotion. Odontocetes are more
prevalent and varied than Mysticetes. All of the smaller current
living whales (porpoises, orcas, narwhals, pilots, etc.) and a few of the
larger ones (Sperm Whale) are toothed (Odontocetes). Mysticetes
include the largest animal that ever lived on the earth, the Blue
All cetaceans are
carnivorous with a main diet consisting of fish, invertebrates and other
marine mammals. Many cetacean fossils are found in sediments
alongside fossil shark teeth and other marine vertebrates but whale
fossils are much less common compared to other marine vertebrate fossils
of the same period and region and whale fossils are often found in
fragments or show evidence of predation by prehistoric sharks, no doubt,
cetaceans most feared enemy in their prehistoric past.
MASSIVE VERTEBRA FROM THE KING OF THE SEAS - TODAY'S LARGEST PREDATOR!
WITH MEGALODON TEETH - WHALES WERE MEGALODON'S #1 FOOD SOURCE!
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