Archiv der Kategorie: Wale

A new model of Meyerasaurus – or how to bodypaint a plesiosaur

Today I wanted to show you some photos of a life-sized model of Meyerasaurus, a rhomaleosaurid from the Toracian stage of the early Jurassic, whose fossils were found at Holzmaden. The model was made by my friends from kamyk.pl, a … Weiterlesen

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The bearded Leviathan – not your everyday Basilosaurus

Basilosaurus – the great mammalian leviathan of the Eocene – was beyond doubt one of the most spectacular creatures which ever swam the oceans of the world.  But despite the fact that fossils of this ancient cetacean have been known … Weiterlesen

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Curiosity of the Day: Whale bone chairs

Today´s curiosity of the day are chairs made of whale bones. The first one is constructed of two large cervical vertebrae and apparantly pieces of ribs for the chair legs. It is exhibited in the Zoological Museum at Copenhagen, Denmark. … Weiterlesen

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Acrophyseter robustus – a new macropredatory killer sperm whale

I´ve been a big fan of archaic sperm whales since I read for the first time about Zygophyseter varolai in 2007. At that time, primitive sperm whales were still quite little known in general, and there were only a few … Weiterlesen

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A new face for Dorudon – archeocetes with stubbly beards

As I already wrote a in an earlier blogpost, archaeocetes were most probably not the skull-headed pseudo-reptilian horrors as which they have  been usually depicted since Basilosaurus was discovered in the first half of the 19th century. Sadly this trend … Weiterlesen

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Sky whale skeletons part III

The last part of the mini-series features the skeleton of a six metres long Cuvier´s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) near the Punta de Jandía lighthouse, at the southern tip of Fuerteventura. It´s also always good to have photos of various … Weiterlesen

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Sky whale skeletons part II

Part II of the sky whale mini series features a 19 m long fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) skeleton which is situated south of the airport of Salinas del Carmen at Fuerteventura. As you can see the skeleton, as well as … Weiterlesen

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Sky whale skeletons part I

Cetaceans are doubtless some of the most marvelous and most fantastic mammals which ever evolved. Nearly everything on them is weird by normal standards, even more so if you look at all the incredible anatomical adaptions of the original mammal … Weiterlesen

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Of sea monsters and cetacean weirdness – here´s the skeleton of a long-finned pilot whale

Based on the recent discovery of an alleged „monster“ on a British beach, I decided to post a photo of a long-finned pilot whale´s skeleton from the zoological museum Hamburg. First of all, because that´s exactly what this purported monster … Weiterlesen

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Warum es dumm ist von Minkwalen zu sprechen.

Wenn es in den Medien um Walfang geht, hört oder liest man immer wieder von Minkwalen. Minkwale sollen wieder in größeren Mengen gejagt werden, Minkwale sollen wieder in höheren Stückzahlen zu „wissenschaftlichen Forschungszwecken“ von Japanischen Walfängern getötet werden. Wenn ich … Weiterlesen

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