A bizarre new toothed mysticete (Cetacea) from Australia and the early evolution of baleen whales

  title={A bizarre new toothed mysticete (Cetacea) from Australia and the early evolution of baleen whales},
  author={Erich M. G. Fitzgerald},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={2955 - 2963}
  • E. Fitzgerald
  • Published 7 December 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Extant baleen whales (Cetacea, Mysticeti) are all large filter-feeding marine mammals that lack teeth as adults, instead possessing baleen, and feed on small marine animals in bulk. The early evolution of these superlative mammals, and their unique feeding method, has hitherto remained enigmatic. Here, I report a new toothed mysticete from the Late Oligocene of Australia that is more archaic than any previously described. Unlike all other mysticetes, this new whale was small, had enormous eyes… 

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