Killer of a tooth

Australian palaeontologist Erich Fitzgerald holding a five-million- year-old tooth from a killer sperm whale. The 30cm fossilised tooth, larger than that of a Tyrannosaurus rex, was discovered recently on a beach near Melbourne and provides the first

Australian palaeontologist Erich Fitzgerald holding a five-million- year-old tooth from a killer sperm whale. The 30cm fossilised tooth, larger than that of a Tyrannosaurus rex, was discovered recently on a beach near Melbourne and provides the first evidence of the now extinct whale outside the Americas.

PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2016, with the headline 'Killer of a tooth'. Print Edition | Subscribe