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Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

 

image from Bronze Map: 'Basilosaurus_cetoides'

 

10. Basilosaurus cetoides Swam Here 35 Million Years Ago

South Alabama


In the Cretaceous Era an ocean covered the southern half of the state. Remains of Alabama's state fossil, Basilosaurus cetoides, an ancient whale, have been found in Clarke, Choctaw, Washington, and other counties.