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Thursday, February 26, 2009
San Diego, CA (AP) --
From underneath an 8-foot mammoth tusk at a downtown San Diego construction site, paleontologists have dug up another find — a prehistoric baleen whale.
Chris Saunders, spokesman for the Thomas Jefferson School of Law where the remains were found, said Thursday the excavation turned up several ribs, a portion of a skull and lower jaw of a whale. The remains were about 10 feet below where the Columbian mammoth bones were found on Feb. 4.
San Diego Natural History Museum curator Tom Demere says the baleen whale was at least 40 feet long. It is the only marine mammal from the Pleistocene era ever found in the San Diego region.
The Pleistocene era lasted from about 1.8 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago.