The giant bite of a new raptorial sperm whale from the Miocene epoch of Peru

  title={The giant bite of a new raptorial sperm whale from the Miocene epoch of Peru},
  author={O. Lambert and G. Bianucci and K. Post and C. Muizon and Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi and M. Urbina and J. Reumer},
  • O. Lambert, G. Bianucci, +4 authors J. Reumer
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The modern giant sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus, one of the largest known predators, preys upon cephalopods at great depths. Lacking a functional upper dentition, it relies on suction for catching its prey; in contrast, several smaller Miocene sperm whales (Physeteroidea) have been interpreted as raptorial (versus suction) feeders, analogous to the modern killer whale Orcinus orca. Whereas very large physeteroid teeth have been discovered in various Miocene localities, associated diagnostic… CONTINUE READING
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