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Rodhocetus


Rodhocetus is known from two species, the type R. kasrani and the smaller R. balochistanensis.




Name


Rodhocetus kasrani


Authority
   

Gingerich, Raza, Arif, Anwar and Zhou, 1994


Meaning of the generic name


Rodho, geological anticline where the holotype has been found, and cetus, whale


 Meaning of the specific name

 kasrani, Baluch tribe inhabiting the area

Size


Skull length: , Length:


Remains


Holotype (GSP-UM 3012): cranium with associated postcranial elements
Referred specimens: GSP-UM 1852, left and right dentaries from Rakhi Nala locality RN-4. GSP-UM 1853, cranium from Debrha


Age and Distribution


Horizon:  Middle part of the Domanda Formation. Middle Eocene (Early Lutetian).
Locality: Bozmar Nadi, Sulaiman range, Punjab, Pakistan.


Classification


Mammalia Cetacea Archaeoceti Protocetidae Protocetinae

  Further Reading

  P. D. Gingerich, S. M. Raza, M. Arif, M. Anwar, and X. Zhou. 1994. New whale from the Eocene of Pakistan and the origin of cetacean swimming. Nature 368:844-847.

  Synonyms  
 





Name


Rodhocetus balochistanensis


Authority
   

Gingerich, Haq, Zalmout, Khan and Malkani, 2001


Meaning of the generic name


Rodho, geological anticline where the holotype has been found, and cetus, whale


 Meaning of the specific name

 From Balochistan

Size


Skull length: , Length:


Remains


Holotype (GSP-UM 3485): braincase of skull with much of axial skeleton; parts of forelimb including distal humerus, radius and ulna, virtually complete carpus and manus; and parts of pelvic girdle and hind limb including acetabular rim of pelvis, femur, patellae, tibia, virtually complete tarsus and pes.


Age and Distribution


Horizon: Domanda Formation. Middle Eocene (Early Lutetian).
Locality: Kunvit, Kohlu District, eastern Balochistan Province, Pakistan.


Classification


Mammalia Cetacea Archaeoceti Protocetidae Protocetinae

  Further Reading

  P. D. Gingerich, M. Haq, I. S. Zalmout, I. H. Khan, and M. S. Malkani. 2001. Origin of whales from early artiodactyls: Hands and feet of Eocene Protocetidae from Pakistan. Science 293:2239-2242.

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Skeletal reconstruction of Rodhocetus kasrani. From Gingerich et al., 2001. Limbs are based on R. balochistanensis.


Map of the holotype of R. balchistanensis. From Gingerich et al., 2001.


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