How old is the specimen?

Because the bones of the skeleton were soft and pliable when first removed from the surrounding clay, naturalist Zadock Thompson immersed them in an "animal glue" to harden and strengthen them as they dried out. Although this aided in the reconstruction of the skeleton, it "contaminated" the carbon in the bones, making later Carbon14 dating techniques impossible.

For this reason, we are presently only able to say with any conviction that the age of the whale is between 12,500 and 10,000 years, the time when the Champlain Sea was known to exist in the area.

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