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Scientists to Dig Up Mysterious Ancient Whale: 'Don't Know What We'll Find'

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The skeleton of a huge, ancient whale has been identified by scientists using ground-penetrating radar technology, and researchers are planning to excavate the resting place of the dead sea creature in an attempt to shed light on the mysterious find. The whale specimen, thought to date back to about 1,000 years ago, is located in the municipality of Viareggio—a seaside city in Tuscany, northwestern Italy. The skeleton's location is around 1.2 miles away from the modern day coast. The spot would have been closer to the sea when the whale died.

The whale probably stranded on this ancient beach," Giovanni Bianucci, a paleontologist from the University of Pisa who will lead the upcoming excavations, told Newsweek.



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