Monga Bay notes fascinating new discoveries from ancient Austral Seas that indicate the ancestors of baleen whales were savage, shark killing carnivores a scant 25 million years ago.
"Erich Fitzgerald, the researcher who studies the Janjucetus huneri fossil, said that the discovery could dramatically change views on the evolution of cetaceans. We have to reassess baleen whales as gentle giants, as passive grazers of krill and plankton,' he said. ' This animal shows that some baleen whales were in fact pretty deadly predators. It was an animal built for power and crippling attacks on its prey.'"
What is it about recent findings from The Land Down Under and absurdly carnivorous prehistoric beasts? Only last month I posted here about killer kangaroos and the Demon Ducks of Doom that roamed Pleistocene Australia.