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Graveyard of fossilized whale skeletons unearthed

A highway project in Chile led to an archeological find of a collection of whale bones more than 120 feet above sea level, about two-thirds of a mile from the ocean, in ancient sandstones.

Scientists discovered more than 40 skeletons, most of them baleen whales, strewn across a small area in four distinct levels, suggesting four separate mass strandings over a period of more than 10,000 years. In one spot, the skeletons of two adult whales lay on top of the skeleton of a juvenile whale.

The scientists estimate the age of the rock formation, and thus of the skeletons, at 6 million to 9 million years.

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