September 18, 2020
After a short hiatus, Assistant Curator of Paleontology Dr. Adam Pritchard returns with another episode of "Tales of Ancient Life"!
In this episode, Dr. Pritchard highlights the fossil skull of Diorocetus, an approximately 14 million year old baleen whale discovered at the Carmel Church Quarry in Caroline County, Virginia.
This particular toothless whale lived its final weeks - if not months - with a massive jaw fracture. What could have caused this injury? Could it have been a head-on collision with another whale? Maybe it was suffered during an attack by a predator, such as Megalodon? Watch to find out!