Apr 05 2019 When we think of whales, it's unlikely that such features as four legs, hooved toes, and webbed feet come to mind. The ancient whale dates backed to about 42. 6 million years ago and was capable of living both on land and underwater. However, the latest discovery has convinced scientists that the species likely reached South America after crossing the southern Atlantic from western Africa. GennariIt sounds like someone created an animal by pulling anatomical parts out of a hat. Researchers discovered an ancient whale skeleton in Peru that has four legs, webbed feet and hooves on its toes. 'They named the animal Peregocetus pacificus, meaning 'the traveling whale that reached the Pacific Ocean.