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36-million-year-old whale fossil found

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  • A 36-Million-Year-Old Whale fossil was found in a Peruvian desert.
  • A complete skull of the Peruvian basilosaurus was discovered in the Ocucaje Desert.
  • The Ocucaje Desert is rich in fossils, providing scientists with 42 million years’ worth of evolutionary evidence.

LIMA: Paleontologists on Thursday unveiled the fossilized remains of an ancient whale that inhabited the seas 36 million years ago, found last year in a Peruvian desert.

“We have presented the new Peruvian basilosaurus, it is the complete skull of an archaic whale that lived 36 million years ago,” paleontologist Mario Urbina, head of the team that discovered the skeleton, told AFP.

Urbina said the basilosaurus was found at the end of 2021 in the Ocucaje Desert in the Ica department, about 350 kilometers (215 miles) south of Lima. The desolate landscape was a shallow sea millions of years ago, and its dunes have yielded large numbers of striking primitive sea mammal remains.

The “Ocucaje Predator,” as the researchers dubbed it, was about 17 meters (55 feet) long and used its massive, powerful teeth to feed on tuna, sharks and schools of sardines.

“This finding is very important because there are no other similar specimens discovered in the world,” said Urbina, a researcher at the National University of San Marcos, in Lima.

Team member Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi explained the basilosaurus differs from other known ancient whale species by its size and the development of its teeth, both of which indicate the animal was likely at the top of the food chain.

“This is an extraordinary find because of its great state of preservation,” he told AFP. “This animal was one of the largest predators of its time.”

“At that time the Peruvian sea was warm,” added Salas-Gismondi, who heads the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum in Lima. “Thanks to this type of fossil, we can reconstruct the history of the Peruvian sea.”

The first cetaceans, like the basilosaurus, evolved from land animals some 55 million years ago.

By the late Eocene period (between 56 million and 34 million years ago), cetaceans had fully adapted to marine life.

Whales had not yet evolved, and almost all cetaceans were marine macropredators, according to the research team.

The Ocucaje Desert is rich in fossils, the researchers said, providing scientists with 42 million years’ worth of evolutionary evidence.

Other fossils found there include four-legged dwarf whales, dolphins, sharks and other species from the Miocene period (between 23 million and five million years ago).

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Kubra Khan expressed her annoyance within the initial 15 minutes of watching the new television series ‘Noor Jahan’.

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In a recent interview with a digital magazine, Kubra Khan delved into her character development in the television series ‘Noor Jahan’ and openly admitted to feeling vexed and exasperated while watching the initial episode of the show. She expressed sympathy towards women, such as Safeena [Alina Abbas], who are disregarded by their spouses.

“Initially, it was vexing to observe.” Upon viewing the initial episode, specifically the first 15 minutes, she confessed to feeling irritated.

Khan expressed his annoyance, stating that despite his involvement in the production and participation in the shoot, he found himself angry due to his prior observations of similar occurrences in real life.

“Furthermore, Musaddiq Malek, the director, has skillfully woven the elements of the film together. His work is truly remarkable and clever,” she commented, specifically referring to the opening scene in which Hunaid, played by Noor Hassan, forgets his wife Safeena’s birthday but manages to organize a lavish celebration for his mother, portrayed by Saba Hamid, on the same evening.

“The ‘Sinf-e-Aahan’ actor stated that people perceive the story as relevant and relatable, with each individual feeling a personal connection to it,” the actor shared. “Men who are overly dependent on their mothers should refrain from getting married until they are capable of assuming the responsibilities associated with being a husband.”

Khan, known for his discerning project choices and avoidance of clichéd roles, affirmed that ‘Noor Jahan’ stands apart from conventional ‘saas bahu’ dramas.

Continuing to hint at her character’s growth, she stated, “You will have to wait and observe the drama to find out if she will testify, join the villainous side, or alter the dynamics of the family.”

In addition to Khan playing the role of Noor Bano, the film ‘Noor Jahan’ features a talented cast including Saba Hamid, Ali Rehman Khan, Noor Hassan, Zoya Nasir, Hajra Yamin, Ali Raza, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi, Mahmood Aslam, and Alina Abbas, among others.

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Sania Mirza humbly seeks forgiveness as she begins her pilgrimage to Hajj.

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Sania Mirza revealed on Sunday afternoon that she was lucky enough to start her Hajj journey this year in a fresh post on her Instagram account.

“My beloveds and friends, I am extremely fortunate to have the chance to travel the holy Hajj,” she declared.

As she got ready for this life-changing encounter, she wrote, “I humbly ask for your forgiveness for any wrongdoings and shortcomings.” This opportunity to pursue spiritual restoration and atonement fills my heart with immense gratitude. Please hear my request and lead me down the path of blessings, Allah. I am quite thankful and consider myself very fortunate.

As she started this once-in-a-lifetime voyage, she pleaded, “Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.” “With a humble heart and a stronger imaan, I hope to return as a better human being.”

Millions of fans on social media, including her close pals and members of the entertainment and sports industries, sent their best wishes to the star, asking her to keep them in mind while she prays.

It is noteworthy to mention here that in March of last year, before to Ramadan, Sania Mirza conducted the Umrah alongside her son Izhaan and other family members.

For those who don’t know, Mirza and Malik were wed from 2010 until January of this year, when it was revealed that she had petitioned Khula for a divorce.

With Shoaib Malik’s divorce, Sania Mirza is searching for love.

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“Where is the hate?” is how Vivek Oberoi answers Pakistan’s affection.

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During a recent interview with a YouTube channel, Vivek Oberoi was filmed in a touching exchange with his Pakistani fans, who applauded the Bollywood actor as they passed his elegant Bentley while strolling around Dubai.

Oberoi responded to the affection by saying, “No matter how strongly Indian you are, you come here and you see the way the Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalis, and Sri Lankans love you.”

The “Bollywood villain,” who lives on the other side of the border, and your sense of borders begin to fade. The question, “Does hate exist?” begins to creep in. He went on.

The “Saathiya” actor went on, “I know this is highly controversial, but when you consider how much they value our food, culture, movies, and overall way of being, how can there possibly be hate for us?”

“In general, people love us, but I’m sure there are a few people who might be like that,” he said in closing.

Notably, Oberoi moved to the United Arab Emirates from India with his wife and two children in search of a better life.

Vivek Oberoi’s most recent appearance on screen was in Rohit Shetty’s police drama “Indian Police Force” on Amazon Prime Video.

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