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Microcetus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Mammalia
Infraorder  Cetacea
Rank  Genus
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Artiodactyla
Family  â€ Waipatiidae (?)
Similar  Waipatia, Prosqualodon, Cetotheriopsis, Squalodontidae, Macrodelphinus

Microcetus is a genus of extinct odontocete from the late Oligocene (Chattian) of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

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Taxonomy

The type species of Microcetus, M. ambiguus, was originally described as a new species of Phoca on the basis of teeth from late Oligocene deposits in northwestern Germany. The odontocete nature of the teeth was eventually recognized, and it was eventually assigned to Squalodon, before being made the type species of a new genus, Microcetus.

Misassigned species

  • Microcetus hectori Benham, 1935 = Waipatia hectori
  • Microcetus sharkovi Dubrovo and Sharkov, 1971 = likely a distinct genus, but affinities uncertain
  • References

    Microcetus Wikipedia


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