The Taxonomic and Evolutionary History of Fossil and Modern Balaenopteroid Mysticetes

@article{Demr2005TheTA,
  title={The Taxonomic and Evolutionary History of Fossil and Modern Balaenopteroid Mysticetes},
  author={Thomas A. Dem{\'e}r{\'e} and Annalisa Berta and Michael R. McGowen},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
  year={2005},
  volume={12},
  pages={99-143}
}
Balaenopteroids (Balaenopteridae + Eschrichtiidae) are a diverse lineage of living mysticetes, with seven to ten species divided between three genera (Megaptera, Balaenoptera and Eschrichtius). Extant members of the Balaenopteridae (Balaenoptera and Megaptera) are characterized by their engulfment feeding behavior, which is associated with a number of unique cranial, mandibular, and soft anatomical characters. The Eschrichtiidae employ suction feeding, which is associated with arched rostra and… 

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