Prehistoric Giant: Amazon's Monster Dolphin

28th March, 2024


Move over, pink dolphins! Scientists have unearthed a colossal dolphin ancestor that once swam in the Amazon.

This extinct species is named Pebanista yacuruna, after a mythical Amazonian water creature.

The fossilized skull was found near Peru's Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon.

Dating reveals this massive dolphin lived around 16 million years ago.

Scientists estimate Pebanista was 10-12 feet long, TWICE the size of a modern river dolphin!

Its large size could be an adaptation to hunting larger prey in ancient Amazonian waters.

This discovery rewrites our understanding of how freshwater dolphins evolved.

Could more giant creatures be lurking in the Amazon's depths, waiting to be discovered?