Squalodontidae

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Squalodontidae
Temporal range: Early Oligocene–Early Pleistocene
Squalodon BW.jpg
Squalodon
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Superfamily: Platanistoidea
Family: Squalodontidae
Brandt, 1873

Squalodontidae is an extinct family of toothed whales named by Jean-Pierre Sylvestre de Grateloup in 1840. It was originally believed to be an iguanodontid dinosaur but has since been reclassified.[1]

Squalodontidae is derived from the word "Squalodon", literally meaning "shark tooth". Unlike other whales which have peg-like teeth, those of squalodontids were serrated like a sharks.


Genera[edit]

  • Eosqualodon
  • Phoberodon
  • Squalodon
  • Tangaroasaurus


References[edit]

  1. ^ Grateloup, Description d'un fragment de mâchoire fossile, d'un genre nouveau de reptile (Saurien), de taille gigantesque, voisin de l'Iguanodon..., Bordeaux 1840.