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Whale Earbone (5 mill. years old)

(This is in the Fossils box)

Can you answer the questions below by spinning this image and using the extra pictures?

Extra information and pictures

whale earbone from our primary fossils for hire box
whale earbone from our primary fossils for hire box
whale earbone from our primary fossils for hire box

Questions

1. Is this bone the same or different to modern Whale earbones?

 

2. Was this bone hollow or solid?

 

3. This bone is only the size of an adult’s thumb.  Why do you think it is so small when Whales are so big?

Answers down here - no peeking until you're ready!

1)  Is this bone the same or different to modern Whale earbones?

 

ANSWER: It is the same.

 

2)  Was this bone hollow or solid?

 

ANSWER: It was hollow.

 

3)  This bone is only the size of an adult’s thumb.  Why do you think it is so small when Whales are so big?

 

ANSWER: Because their ears are quite small compared to their size.