Fossil of Mega-Toothed Killer "Leviathan" Whale Found in Peru

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LIMA (REUTERS).- The fossil of a giant whale called Leviathan for having teeth bigger than a grown man’s forearms has been found in Peru by paleontologists who on Thursday said it may have been the largest predator to ever roam the seas. Leviathan Melvillei, which was named after the sea monster in the Bible and the author of “Moby Dick” Herman Melville, is an ancestor of the modern day sperm whale, said Rodolfo Salas, a paleontologist at Peru’s Natural History Museum who took part in the study. “This is an enormous tooth, more or less 14 inches long,” Salas told Reuters. “The features of the teeth lead us to believe that the Leviathan was a big predator. It has the largest teeth on record.” The fossil of Leviathan was found two years ago and a team of scientists only unveiled the results of their find this week. Leviathan lived roughly 12 million years ago and its teeth were about twice as long as those of the great dinosaur Tyrannosaurus