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Alabama is the resting place of a wide range of fossils from as early as the Cambrian period, more than 500 million years ago when trilobites were a dominant presence in the oceans. The state's most famous fossil is Basilosaurus cetoides, a toothed whale which lived in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico roughly 50 million years ago during the Eocene epoch. Other Alabama fossils include plants from the Pennsylvanian sub-period of the Carboniferous period, mollusks and vertebrates of the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods, and various dinosaurs.

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