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Remingtonocetus

 
Remingtonocetus was an early form of cetacean (proto-whale) that lived during the Middle Eocene Epoch. Two species have been described: the type species R. harudiensis has been found in Pakistan and India, while R. domandaensis has only been discovered in Pakistan. The locations of discovery are famous for many other early cetaceans such as Pakicetus.



Name


Remingtonocetus harudiensis


Authority
   

(Sahni & Mishra, 1975)


Meaning of the generic name


After Dr. Remington Kellogg and Cetus, whale


  Meaning of the specific name

  After the Harudi Formation.

Size


Skull length: , Length:


Remains


Holotype (GSP-UM 3325/LUVP 11037): rostrum
Referred specimens: VPL/K 15001 (nearly complete skull); VPL/K 15002 (fragmentary skull); VPL/K 15003 (gypsified skull); LUVP 11132


Age and Distribution


Horizon:  Harudi Formation of India. Domanda Formation of Pakistan. Middle Eocene (Early Lutetian).
Locality: Southwestern Kutch, Gujarat province,  India & Kohat District, Pakistan.


Classification


Mammalia Cetacea Archaeoceti Remingtonocetidae

  Further Reading

  A. Sahni and V. P. Mishra. 1975. Lower Tertiary vertebrates from western India. Monograph of the Palaeontological Society of India 3:1-48.

K. Kumar and A. Sahni. 1986. Remingtonocetus harudiensis, new combination, a middle Eocene archaeocete (Mammalia, Cetacea) from western Kutch, India. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 6(4):326-349

  Synonyms   Protocetus harudiniensis Sahni & Mishra, 1975
 




Name


Remingtonocetus domandaensis

Authority
   

Gingerich, Ul-Haq, Khan and Zalmout, 2001


Meaning of the generic name


After Dr. Remington Kellogg and Cetus, whale.


  Meaning of the specific name

  Named for the Domanda Formation.

Size


Skull length: , Length:


Remains


Holotype (GSP-UM 3225): partial skeleton
Referred specimens: GSP-UM 3009, 301 5,3052, 3054,3057,3101; GSP-UM 3408, partial skeleton with vertebrae including sacrum; GSP-UM 3415, well preserved cranium.


Age and Distribution


Horizon:  Upper Part of the Middle Domanda Formation of Pakistan. Middle Eocene (Middle Lutetian).
Locality: Ander Dabh Shumali, easternmost Baluchistan Province, Pakistan.


Classification


Mammalia Cetacea Archaeoceti Remingtonocetidae

  Further Reading

  P. D. Gingerich, M. Ul-Haq, I. H. Khan and I. S. Zalmout. 2001. Eocene stratrigraphy and archaeocete whales (Mammalia, Cetacea) of Drug Lahar in the eastern Sulaiman range, Balochistan (Pakistan). Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan 30(11):269-319.

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Life reconstruction of Remingtonocetus harudinensis (© N. Tamura)


Reconstructed skull of Remingtonocetus harudinensis. From Kumar & Sahni, 1986.



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