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march 2012
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Location description

In the Peruvian desert near Ocucaje rich deposits from the Miocene and Pliocene (part of the Neogene period) are exposed. The deposits are fossiliferous.

In 2010 parts from a giant whale (Leviathan melvillei) were discovered. The whale had teeth of 36 centimeters long.

In the area a lot of illegal digging for fossils for trade is taking place.

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Canyon and dry riverbed.
Added by: sharky on 29-08-2012

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Ocucaje is located about 300 kilometers south of Lima in the Ica province.

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Shark teeth (i.e. Carcharocles megalodon), bivalves, bones of sea mammals.

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