Waipatia

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Waipatia
Temporal range: Late Oligocene
Megalampris and Waipatia.jpg
The fish Megalampris (above) and Waipatia (below)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Family: Waipatiidae
Fordyce, 1994
Genus: Waipatia
Fordyce, 1994
Species: W. maerewhenua
Binomial name
Waipatia maerewhenua
Fordyce, 1994 [1]

Waipatia maerewhenua is an extinct species of whale from the Oligocene of New Zealand. It is known from a single skull found near 45° South in Otago .[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ R. E. Fordyce (1994). "Waipatia maerewhenua, new genus and new species (Waipatiidae, new family), an archaic Late Oligocene dolphin (Cetacea: Odontoceti: Platanistoidea) from New Zealand". In A. Berta & T. Deméré. Contributions in marine mammal paleontology honoring Frank C. Whitmore, Jr. (Proceedings of the San Diego Museum of Natural History, 29). pp. 147–176. 
  2. ^ R. Ewan Fordyce. "Waipatia maerewhenua — a small archaic dolphin from the Oligocene of New Zealand". University of Otago. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology by Annalisa Berta, James L. Sumich, and Kit M. Kovacs
  • Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea by Richard Ellis
  • Wildlife of Gondwana: Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates from the Ancient Supercontinent (Life of the Past) by Pat Vickers Rich, Thomas Hewitt Rich, Francesco Coffa, and Steven Morton
  • Marine Mammal Biology: An Evolutionary Approach by A. Rus Hoelzel