A new, diminutive Eocene whale from Kachchh (Gujarat, India) and its implications for locomotor evolution of cetaceans

Title

A new, diminutive Eocene whale from Kachchh (Gujarat, India) and its implications for locomotor evolution of cetaceans

Creator

Bajpai S; Thewissen J G M

Publisher

Current Science

Date

2000
2000-11

Description

Our recent paleontological field work in the middle Eocene Harudi Formation of Kachchh (western India) has yielded a partial skeleton of a new species of Eocene cetaceans, here named Kutchicetus minimus, The new species represents a new genus in the family Remingtonocetidae and is smaller than any other Eocene whale. The skeleton includes teeth, skull fragments, limb bones and a relatively complete vertebral column. Vertebral proportions indicate that the vertebral column of the new cetacean functioned in different ways from any other known Eocene or Recent cetacean. It suggests that the mobility of the back may have approximated that of otters.

Subject

Science & Technology - Other Topics

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Format

Journal Article or Conference Abstract Publication

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Pages

1478-1482

Issue

10

Volume

79

Citation

Bajpai S; Thewissen J G M, “A new, diminutive Eocene whale from Kachchh (Gujarat, India) and its implications for locomotor evolution of cetaceans,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 15, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/8542.

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