Ancient sperm whale's giant head uncovered





Paleontologists digging near the coast of Peru have uncovered the largest fossilized skull of a sperm whale ever found.

The 12-million-year-old skull, which measures nearly 10 feet across, belonged to a now-extinct genus and species of sperm whale that may have been as long as 57 feet. The fossil includes the longest documented sperm whale teeth, measuring more than 14 fearsome inches.

The whale, described in a paper published Thursday in the journal Nature, was christened Leviathan melvillei in honor of "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville.


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