Ancient Whale Fossils Found at Irvine Landfill in California

A paleontologist found fossilized whale bones that could be 12 million years old sticking out of the ground at a California landfill. The find was the largest fossil discovery at the Bowerman Landfill in Irvine, though not the first.

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Whale fossils found at an Orange County landfill on May 20, 2016 include 18 teeth, ranging from 5-6 inches.
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Sperm whale fossils found at the Bowerman Landfill in Irvine on Friday, May 26, 2016, contained 18 teeth, skulls parts and a flipper bone.
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The teeth fossils belonging to the sperm whale, found at the Bowerman Landfill on Friday, May 26, 2016, were some of the largest in the world, ranging from 5-6 inches, officials say.
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Paleontologist Melissa Macias posing with a fossilized tooth she saw jutting out of a cliff at the Orange County landfill construction site on Friday, May 20, 2016. The fossils belonged to a sperm whale.
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The Frank R. Bowerman Landfill is located at what used to be the Pacific Ocean floor, meaning it is a location paleontologists target to find fossils, like those found on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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Jere Lipps of the Cooper Center gives a brief history of the sperm whale at an unveiling of the fossils found at an Orange County landfill on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
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After a month of excavation and evaluation, sperm whale fossils will be displayed at the landfill they were found, on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
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A look at the 10 feet by 6 feet excavation site at an Orange County landfill where sperm whale fossils were found on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The teeth fossils belonging to the Sperm Whale, found at the Bowerman Landfill on May 26, 2016, were some of the largest in the world, ranging from 5-6 inches.
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