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Found Framework Whale Moby Dick Aged 200 Years

Posted by Mahendra blog Thursday, September 16, 2010

The archaeologists found the skeleton "Moby Dick" at London's 200-year-old stranded on the banks of the River Thames.
Scientists have discovered a giant whale bones about the size of Moby Dick, the legendary whale that was left on the banks of the River Thames for more than 200 years ago.

Headless skeleton of a whale endangered North Atlantic has about half a ton weight, the length of 52 meters and a width of about 13 meters. Big skeleton believed to be relics of the 17th century or 18th and remain in good condition such as preserved mud river. The scientists believe that when death in Greenwich, the pope was withdrawn by the whalers along the river Thames.

This beast may be dragged at the tail down to the beach, to enable brought to London to use the meat, oil and baleen, kepalanyapun been cut.

An area of bone from one of the spine missing, indicating that these animals may have been dead by harpooned, or pole hooks used to secure the carcass.

Eubalaena glacialis species now threatened with extinction. Francis Grew, senior curator of Archaeology and Archives Manager at the Museum of London, said: "It may have been the largest single object ever found in an archaeological dig in London.

Pope occasionally swim into the Thames, and there are historical records from where they were born. Whale oil used for lighting and whale bones that are used in everything from women's corsets to umbrellas.

These whales can grow to the length of 55 feet from the head to one third of the total length. The whale hunters hunt a few centuries ago and continued into the first half of the 20th century.

Previously, this species is relatively common in the North Atlantic. Stretching from north west Africa, across to Florida, and then as far north as Icelandic waters and sub-Arctic.

Framework for the first time the pope arrived at the Museum of London Docklands in the museum foyer Tuesday. After the first time exhibited at the Museum of London Docklands, the framework will be brought to its new home at the Natural History Museum, where it will be used by researchers to understand more about this endangered species.

Scientists can use the bones to take DNA and stable isotopes, which can provide information about genetic diversity, distribution at sea and feeding strategies.

Richard Sabin, Senior Curator of Mammals at the Museum of Natural History, said: "We are very excited about this with the discovery of fossils in good condition and intact." People from all over the world will be able to study it.

"I think this whale was about 70 years (the elderly) because we detected some signs of disease in bone. After that, at the Natural History Museum, we will be able to take the DNA so that later we will have a more accurate age, and we also will be able to determine the sex, too. "

"North Atlantic Whales are mammals, which move very slowly so that it can be seen easily by whalers harpooned. Now almost extinct in the Atlantic east so that the invention is truly extraordinary."

Tim Bradley, Project Manager at Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd, said: "When archaeologists at the site called me to say that he had found a whale I thought he was joking. "We are very pleased to have made such a remarkable discovery."


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