State Fossil Emblem nominations - Janjucetus

Vote for your favourite fossil to become the State's Fossil Emblem.

A fossilised skull of aJ anjucetus, which was a small whale that lived around 25 million years ago. It is dark in appearance, almost charcoal, with lighter stone in between its teeth. It sits against an aqua background.

Museums Victoria: State Fossil Emblem nominations

Vote for your favourite fossil to become the State's Fossil Emblem!


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Museums Victoria is excited to invite the people of Victoria to cast their vote in selecting a candidate for a state fossil emblem.

State emblems are a way of celebrating the unique and amazing natural heritage of our part of the world.

Victoria has these emblems already: helmeted honeyeater (bird), Leadbeater's possum (animal), weedy seadragon (marine animal), common heath (flora) and gold (mineral), but does not yet have a fossil emblem.

Introducing the Janjucetus

Janjucetus was a small whale that lived around 25 million years ago off the Victorian coast. It hunted large fish for food, gripping them between its sharp teeth with the help of powerful jaw muscles.

Despite having fearsome teeth, the skull bones of Janjucetus show that it was in fact a very primitive baleen whale – but without baleen. Janjucetus is therefore a vivid evolutionary link between ancient whales and modern giants like the Blue Whale.

A few fossils of relatives have been found elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, but Janjucetus has only been found in Victoria.

Voting closes 4 October 2021!

Vote for the Janjucetus

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