About 40 million years ago this area, which is today called Wadi Al-Hitan (or “Whale Valley”), was underwater and populated by early whales like this Basilosaurus. Basilosaurus was up to 18 metres long and was the first whale to reach truly gigantic size and become fully adapted to the watery world, having evolved from a terrestrial ancestor.
Wadi Al-Hitan is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can even visit this protected site and see these whales sitting in the same place they were discovered.
This place has been on my palaeo bucket list for so long. What’s the *one* fossil site you’d really like to visit?