How I Discovered a 40-Million-Year-Old Whale in Kitchen Limestone

Late one night last September, I received a phone call from a stranger. The man, the owner of a stone-cutting workshop near Cairo, told me he had seen something strange – some kind of fossil – while slicing into a large block of limestone that was to be used in building a kitchen. As a professional palaeontologist with a popular Facebook page, I’m always happy to get tips from the public on potential fossil discoveries. But when this man sent me photos of the limestone blocks, I immediately realised he had something invaluable. Read More >>