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Thursday, 26 August 2021

Four legged whale fossil found in Fayoum

The summer talk show slowdown was in full effect last night, with most of the nation’s talking heads transitioning to “vacation mode” for the second-to-last weekend of the season. Other than the governorate backtracking on its plan to charge street filming fees, the big news of the night was talk of the discovery of a new genus of ancestors of amphibian four-legged whales that used to live in Egyptian waters some 43 mn years ago. The discovery of the fossils was led by an Egyptian research team, who unearthed the protocetidae remains from the Fayoum Depression in Egypt's Western Desert, aiming to help trace the transition of whales from land to sea. Among those who took note: Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 6:24). Reuters also has the story.

Also on the airwaves last night: Egypt’s Dourine Assaad, who was elected mayor of Canada’s Brossard municipality in 2017, becoming the first Canadian female of Egyptian heritage to be elected mayor in the North American country. Assaad discussed her electoral success in a phone interview with Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 22:25) last night.

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