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How come the whale bones you can find on the beach do not look like other bones?
Question Date: 2017-08-31
Answer 1:

I'm not sure what "other bones" you are referring to. The whale bones on the beach near Santa Barbara are fossil bones, so they have been replaced with mineral, like dinosaur bones. Also, the whale species those bones belonged to are extinct species of whales, so a modern whale's bones would look different because they belong to a different kind of animal.

Answer 2:

Do the whale bones look different from other bones on the beach? Maybe they look different because whales are so much bigger than other animals.

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