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Press Release 09-013

Early Whales Gave Birth on Land

Fossil discovery in Pakistan uncovers skeleton of extinct pregnant female whale

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Artist's conception of male Maiacetus inuus with transparent overlay of skeleton.

Artist's conception of male Maiacetus inuus with transparent overlay of skeleton.

Credit: John Klausmeyer and Bonnie Miljour, University of Michigan


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Illustration of male Maiacetus inuus with opaque skelton overlay.

Male Maiacetus inuus with opaque skelton overlay.

Credit: John Klausmeyer and Bonnie Miljour, University of Michigan


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Illustration of male Maiacetus inuus as it would have appeared in life.

Male Maiacetus inuus as it would have appeared in life.

Credit: John Klausmeyer, University of Michigan


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Image showing fossils of female Maiacetus inuus with near-term fetus in utero.

Fossils of female Maiacetus inuus with near-term fetus in utero, as found in the field.

Credit: University of Michigan


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