THE EARLIEST KNOWN MEMBER OF THE RORQUAL—GRAY WHALE CLADE (MAMMALIA, CETACEA)

@inproceedings{Dooley2004THEEK,
  title={THE EARLIEST KNOWN MEMBER OF THE RORQUAL—GRAY WHALE CLADE (MAMMALIA, CETACEA)},
  author={A. Dooley and N. Fraser and Zhe-Xi Luo},
  year={2004}
}
  • A. Dooley, N. Fraser, Zhe-Xi Luo
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Abstract Eobalaenoptera harrisoni, gen. et sp. nov., is described from a partial skeleton collected from the middle Miocene Calvert Formation of Virginia. Characteristics of this taxon, particularly of the petrosal, indicate that the new whale is a member of the clade that includes the Balaenopteridae (rorquals) and Eschrichtidae (gray whales) to the exclusion of “cetotheres” and the Balaenidae (right whales). Some of the probable synapomorphies of this clade include an elongate pars cochlearis… CONTINUE READING
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