Whale skeleton discovered in Thailand thought to be 5,000 years old

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An almost perfectly preserved whale skeleton thought to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old has been discovered in Thailand.

The bones were found in early November some 12km (7.5 miles) off the coast just to the west of the capital, Bangkok.

The 12m (39ft) long skeleton is thought to be that of a Bryde's whale.

It's hoped the find might help in research on sea levels and biodiversity.

Pictures shared by Thailand's environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa show the bones apparently almost entirely intact.

According to the minister, more than 80% of the skeleton have so far been recovered, including vertebrae, ribs, fins and one shoulder blade.

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