Almost Whole Whale Skeleton Fossil Discovered in Shobara, Hiroshima Prefecture
The geological stratum of the Nishijo River 16 million years ago.
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Fossil that is believed to be the backbone of a whale buried in the riverbed of the Saishiro River
A group of local geology enthusiasts found a fossil of a whale’s backbone in the Nishijo River in Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture.
A group of local geology enthusiasts discovered a whale fossil in the Nishijo River in Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture, which produces fossils of marine life dating back about 16 million years.
The fossil is not a part of a bone, but almost a part of a whale’s backbone. It is the first time in 2003 to find not a part of a bone,but almost the entire skeleton of a whale.
It is the first time in 19 years, since 2003, that they have found a skeleton of almost the entire body of a whale, rather than just part of a bone.
The fossil is in good condition. The excavation work was completed in December last year when the fossil was confirmed.
The excavation was completed in December of last year when it was confirmed. Over the next few years, they will try to clean the mud and reassemble the skeleton to identify the species
The team will try to clean and reassemble the attached mud over the next few years, with the aim of creating a specimen that will lead to the identification of the species.