A new Miocene sirenian from Kutch, India

Title

A new Miocene sirenian from Kutch, India

Creator

Thewissen J G M; Bajpai S

Publisher

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

Date

2009
2009-03

Description

We report a new Miocene sirenian from District Kutch, State of Gujarat, India: Domingia sodhae gen. et sp. nov. The new species is a dugongine dugongid with flattened tusk-like upper incisors. Like some other Miocene dugongids, Domningia is large and has complex, bilophodont molars and three-rooted premolars, which are strongly worn. The rostrum is downturned significantly, similar to modern dugongs, and indicative of a specialized feeding mode. Phylogenetically, it is closely related to Dioplotherium, Rytiodus, Corystosiren, and Bharatisiren. Among these, Domningia is most similar to Bharatisiren indica and Dioplotherium manigaulti, in that all three taxa retain multi-rooted premolars. Similar to Bharatisiren, the nasal process of the premaxilla is long. Bharatisiren and Domningia are part of a late Oligocene and early Miocene radiation of dugongines in South Asia.

Subject

eocene; India; kachchh; mammalia; mammalia; miocene; Paleontology; Sirenia

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

7-13

Issue

1

Volume

54

Citation

Thewissen J G M; Bajpai S, “A new Miocene sirenian from Kutch, India,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed December 3, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/7335.

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