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Scientists in Peru have discovered the fossilized skull and jaw of a monster whale that lived 12 million years ago. The prehistoric whale has been named Leviathan Melvillei, after Herman Melville, author of the novel Moby Dick about the hunt for a great white whale.
Experts believe it was around 18 meters long, similar to many modern whales, but its 36 centimeter teeth made it a voracious hunter of other whales. The fossil was found two years ago, but results of the studies were not revealed until Thursday, in the scientific journal Nature. According to paleontologists at San Marcos University, they have now been able to examine almost the entire skull for the first time.