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Ancient whale ‘truly weird’

Blue whale’s aged cousin: small, enormous eyes, ate sharks.

A 25-million-year-old whale fossil from southeastern Australia has revealed a bizarre early type of ‘baleen’ whale. The creature was an ancient cousin of our modern blue whales and humpbacks, but it was hardly a gentle giant of the sea. Instead it was small and predatory, with enormous eyes and teeth.

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