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Family: † Basilosauridae. By Elizabeth Hauber. Evolution & Phylogeny. paraphyletic split, evolved alongside precise phylogeny uncertain artiodactyls = hoofed / even-toed animals correct term ' cetartiodactyla '. Basilosaurus cetoides : "King Lizard". name a misnomer

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family basilosauridae

Family: †Basilosauridae

By Elizabeth Hauber

evolution phylogeny
Evolution & Phylogeny
  • paraphyletic
    • split, evolved alongside
  • precise phylogeny uncertain
  • artiodactyls = hoofed / even-toed animals
    • correct term 'cetartiodactyla'
basilosaurus cetoides king lizard
Basilosaurus cetoides: "King Lizard"
  • name a misnomer
    • richard owen- rename to 'zeuglodon'
  • late eocene epoch:approx. 35 - 40mil years ago
  • largest animal to live in its time
    • grew to 60ft
  • hypercarnivorous
  • vestigial hind legs
  • fossils found in the south; north africa
cynthiacetus maxwelli
Cynthiacetus maxwelli
  • no elongated dorsal vertebrae
  • skull approx. same size as basilosaurus
  • found in north africa, south/north america (fl!)
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Cetacea
  • Family: Basilosauridae
  • Genus: Cynthiacetus
  • Species: Cynthiacetus maxwelli
genus dorudon spear tooth
Genus: Dorudon; "Spear Tooth"
  • late eocene epoch
  • diet of fish, mollusk
  • once thought to be basilosaurus
  • grew to 15ft
  • travel in pods, similar to dolphin
    • less social than
    • lack of echolocation
  • atrox, serratus
references
References
  • http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/b/basilosaurus.html
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/438.shtml
  • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_SMl2LOTNZnU/TRNGMCqV4JI/AAAAAAAAAwc/G1k9GXBXxbs/s1600/171.jpg
  • http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/01/images/hippo_tree.jpg
  • http://pnf-primeval.wikispaces.com/file/view/Dorudon%201.jpg/353279410/Dorudon%201.jpg
  • http://online.sfsu.edu/bholzman/courses/Spring%2005%20projects/humpback%20picts/Dorudon_skeleton%20pic%205.jpg
  • http://www.palaeocritti.com/_/rsrc/1263067475075/by-group/eutheria/cetacea/archaeoceti/basilosaurus/Basilosaurus_skel.jpg
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/438.shtml
  • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Dorudon_atrox_skull_detail_-_Smithsonian.JPG
  • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/Basilosaurus_SIZE_01.png
  • http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/c/champ/images/Basilosaurus.gif
  • http://www.mheine.com/jpeg/basilo.jpg