17 January 2001
- A fossil apparently from a whale has been found
at a construction site in the capital of
landlocked Afghanistan, an official report said on
state-run Shariat weekly said the fossil was
unearthed by labourers digging the foundations of
an 18-storey building in the heart of Kabul.
paper said four fossil pieces similar to the skull
and oral cavity of a whale were found some six
metres underground. It is the first such discovery
recorded in Afghanistan, known more for its
deserts and rugged mountains than its prehistoric
The culture and information ministry had been
informed but no official study had been conducted,
the report said.