One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large carnivorous amphibian (Ambulocetus natans, order Cetacea) of the Eocene epoch, an early ancestor of today's whales.
- ‘Paleontologists have found complete skeletons of creatures such as the 45 million year old Ambulocetus.’
- ‘In 1995 yet a third transitional creature was discovered, Dalanistes, with shorter legs than Ambulocetus, webbed feet, a longer tail, and a much larger and more whalelike skull.’
- ‘Even more disturbing is the fact that fossils of Ambulocetus were found in strata at or above the stratigraphic levels where whale fossils were found.’
- ‘Then paleontologists working in Pakistan found the fossil of a 45-million year old whale named Ambulocetus that looked in life like a furry crocodile.’
Modern Latin, from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’ + cetus ‘whale’.
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