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Romans Might Have Been First Commercial Whalers

Discover Magazine - Wed 11 Jul 18

In the second century, the Greco-Roman writer Oppian described men in rowboats thrusting harpoons into a “sea monster,” which is then roped and towed to shore. At the time, the Romans ...

Ancient Romans may have killed off whale species in the Mediterranean

Newscientist - Wed 11 Jul 18

Two whales species absent from the Mediterranean today were common there 2,000 years ago - did Roman whalers kick-start their demise?

Were the Romans the first whale hunters?

BBC News - Wed 11 Jul 18

Whale bones unearthed at Roman ruins suggest whales were present around the shores of the Roman Empire.

Ancient bones reveal two whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea

Phys.org - Tue 10 Jul 18

Two thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale which have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study analysing ancient bones suggests.

Ancient Whale Bones ID Species Lost From Mediterranean Sea

Geek.com - Thu 12 Jul 18

The discovery of whale fossils in the ruins of a Roman fish processing factory reveals two species virtually lost from the Mediterranean Sea. A new study of ancient bones, found at the Strait ...

Pliny the Elder wasn't crazy after all. There were whales in the Mediterranean

FOXNews - Wed 11 Jul 18

Scientists have questioned the credibility of Pliny the Elder's now 2,000-year-old account of orcas hunting whale calves near the Strait of Gibraltar, since those marine mammals aren't known ...

Pliny the Elder Wasn't Crazy After All. There Were Whales in the Mediterranean.

Livescience - Wed 11 Jul 18

A new archaeological finding suggests Pliny the Elder knew exactly what he was talking about.

Roman fish salting workshops reveal two whale species lost from the Mediterranean

ZME Science - Wed 11 Jul 18

The discovery stands to change our understanding of the Roman fishing industry and the history of two endangered whale species.

Did the Romans hunt WHALES? Ancient bones reveal the Mediterranean was a haven for giant mammals

Daily Mail - Tue 10 Jul 18

Researchers from the University of York used ancient DNA analysis and collagen fingerprinting to identify the bones belonging to the North Atlantic right whale and the Atlantic grey whale. ...

Ancient Bones Reveal 2 Whale Species Lost From the Mediterranean Sea

Laboratory Equipment - Mon 16 Jul 18

NewsTwo thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale that have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study suggests.Contributed Author: University ...

Ancient bones reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea, ScienceDaily - Wed 11 Jul 18

Romans may have hunted Mediterranean whales to near-extinction

UPI - Wed 11 Jul 18

Ancient whale bones recovered from Roman ruins suggests gray and right whales were present in the Mediterranean -- and were early victims of whale hunting.