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Wadi Al-Hitan or Whale Valley is an important prehistoric site in the Western Desert of Egypt. This is where numerous fossils of anicent animals, not extinct, have been discovered. They include an extinct suborder of whales, the Archaeoceti, which gave the valley its name.

The discovery at Wadi Al-Hitan provided scientists a important glimpse into the emergence of whales as an ocean mammal. According to scientists, the fossils show the evolution of the whales in the last stages of losing their hind limbs.

Wadi Al-Hitan was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the session of the World Heritage Committee

Photos of Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)

Wind erosion features, Wadi Al-Hitan
Wind erosion features, Wadi Al-Hitan
Author: Tom Horton (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Whale fossil, Wadi Al-Hitan
Whale fossil, Wadi Al-Hitan
Author: Tom Horton (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 29 19 59.988 E 30 10 59.988 in
Inscription Year:
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VIII

Location Map of Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)

Wadi Al-Hitan is No. 7 on the map of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt.


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Visiting Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)

The site is not open to casual visitors. It is not accessible by private car. Scientists get there by four-wheel-drive vehicles.


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