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Eomysticetus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Infraorder  Cetacea
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Even-toed ungulate
Class  Mammalia
Family  â€ Eomysticetidae
Rank  Genus
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Similar  Aetiocetus, Cetotheriopsis, Aetiocetidae, Llanocetus

Eomysticetus is an extinct genus of toothless baleen whale from the late Oligocene (Chattian) Chandler Bridge Formation of South Carolina.

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Physical characteristics

Eomysticetus is a member of the family Eomysticetidae, which also includes Micromysticetus, Tohoraata, Tokarahia, and Yamatocetus. Like other members of the mysticete clade Chaeomysticeti, its jaws had baleen instead of teeth, meaning that it could filter plankton with its baleen plates.

Unlike modern baleen whales, Eomysticetus had a blowhole that was positioned ahead of the eyes, and the characteristics of its vertebrae and flipper bones are akin to those of archaeocetes like Basilosaurus.

Taxonomy

There are two species of Eomysticetus, E. whitmorei and E. carolinensis, both from the Chandler Bridge Formation of South Carolina.

References

Eomysticetus Wikipedia


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