Romans Might Have Been First Commercial Whalers

In the second century, the Greco-Roman writer Oppian described men in rowboats thrusting harpoons into a “sea monster,” which is then roped and towed to shore. At the time, the Romans had a successful fishing industry in the Strait of Gibraltar, the western waterway to the Mediterranean world. Historians sometimes say Roman fishing at this bottleneck included whaling, but other than Oppian’s poem and other indirect clues, there was no evidence. A paper published Wednesday in The Royal

Romans Might Have Been First Commercial Whalers

Wed 11 Jul 18 from Discover Magazine

Ancient Romans may have killed off whale species in the Mediterranean

Two whales species absent from the Mediterranean today were common there 2,000 years ago - did Roman whalers kick-start their demise?

Wed 11 Jul 18 from Newscientist

Were the Romans the first whale hunters?

Whale bones unearthed at Roman ruins suggest whales were present around the shores of the Roman Empire.

Wed 11 Jul 18 from BBC News

Ancient bones reveal two whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea

Two thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale which have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study analysing ancient bones suggests.

Tue 10 Jul 18 from Phys.org

Ancient Whale Bones ID Species Lost From Mediterranean Sea

The discovery of whale fossils in the ruins of a Roman fish processing factory reveals two species virtually lost from the Mediterranean Sea. A new study of ancient bones, found at the Strait ...

Thu 12 Jul 18 from Geek.com

Pliny the Elder wasn't crazy after all. There were whales in the Mediterranean

Scientists have questioned the credibility of Pliny the Elder's now 2,000-year-old account of orcas hunting whale calves near the Strait of Gibraltar, since those marine mammals aren't known ...

Wed 11 Jul 18 from FOXNews

Pliny the Elder Wasn't Crazy After All. There Were Whales in the Mediterranean.

A new archaeological finding suggests Pliny the Elder knew exactly what he was talking about.

Wed 11 Jul 18 from Livescience

Roman fish salting workshops reveal two whale species lost from the Mediterranean

The discovery stands to change our understanding of the Roman fishing industry and the history of two endangered whale species.

Wed 11 Jul 18 from ZME Science

Did the Romans hunt WHALES? Ancient bones reveal the Mediterranean was a haven for giant mammals

Researchers from the University of York used ancient DNA analysis and collagen fingerprinting to identify the bones belonging to the North Atlantic right whale and the Atlantic grey whale. ...

Tue 10 Jul 18 from Daily Mail

Ancient Bones Reveal 2 Whale Species Lost From the Mediterranean Sea

NewsTwo thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale that have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study suggests.Contributed Author: University ...

Mon 16 Jul 18 from Laboratory Equipment

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