The fossil, measuring 37cm by 35cm by 80cm and weighing 19kg, was discovered accidentally at Thach Khe metal mine, 1km from Thach Hai Beach, by a local person named Duong Dinh Canh.
Director of Ha Tinh Museum Nguyen Tri Son and Australian archaeologist Philip Palmer examined the fossil and determined it was part of a whale‘s vertebral column. But they cannot determine the exact age of the fossil till some more research is done.
The experts will soon transport the fossil to the provincial museum for further study and exhibition.
David P. Hocking, Felix G. Marx, Erich M. G. Fitzgerald, Alistair R. Evans. Ancient whales did not filter feed with their teeth. Royal Society Journal Biology Letters, August 2017: here.
A fossil whale collected by a group of undergrads from a drainage ditch two decades ago has turned out to be an important transition from archaic to modern species. This and three other newly discovered specimens of Albertocetus, an early dolphin-like species, provide important anatomical information about the earliest ancestors of the living toothed whale lineage: here.