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15-million-year-old fossil

Russell Shapiro poses with the found 15-million-year-old whale vertebrae fossil in Simi Valley.

No Bones About It: Fossil Find a Whale of a Mystery

Geological and environmental sciences professors Russell Shapiro and Todd Greene were called to collect mysterious 15-million-year-old fossils unearthed by an earthquake that rocked the Mojave Desert on July 4, 2019.