And the centerpiece, two massive 20 meter skeletons of the wadi's showpiece, the extinct whale Basilosaurus isis
, complete with hind limbs missing from modern whales, the hind limbs that highlight its pivotal place in whale evolution.
It also features a "unique collection" of fossils, including the largest intact Basilosaurus isis
whale fossil, according to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Seven years later, Gingerich found hundreds of partial skeletons including a complete hind limb belonging to Basilosaurus isis
, an ancient whale that inhabited Egypt five or ten million years after Pakicetus.
The bones belonged to a ancient species of whale known as Basilosaurus isis
, a 16-meter-long giant with a thin body, a small "pinhead" and flipper-like forelimbs.