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Fossil find: Ancient whale with legs could stand on land and swim in water

About 43 million years ago, when South America was surrounded by water on all sides, there lived a whale with four legs, elongated toes, sharp teeth and perhaps even fur.

This ancient creature looked more like the love child of an otter and a crocodile than any modern-day whale. And, unlike today's whales, which dwell exclusively in the sea, this animal lived some of its life on land.

"I think they were not very good at walking, and certainly

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