Naming an Innominate: Pelvis and Hindlimbs of Miocene Whales Give an Insight into Evolution and Homology of Cetacean Pelvic Girdle

  title={Naming an Innominate: Pelvis and Hindlimbs of Miocene Whales Give an Insight into Evolution and Homology of Cetacean Pelvic Girdle},
  author={Pavel Gol’din},
  journal={Evolutionary Biology},
  • P. Gol’din
  • Published 23 April 2014
  • Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
Cetaceans have highly transformed pelvic and hindlimb bones as a secondary adaptation to an aquatic lifestyle. Paleontological records of these bones are very scarce, which hampers interpretations of their homology and evolution. Newly found innominates, femora and tibia of Miocene baleen whales of family Cetotheriidae have primitive structure, which makes it possible to compare them with archaeocetes. As a result, a traditional view of a cetacean innominate as containing vestiges of all three… 

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