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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Odontoceti
Family: Physeteridae
Genus: Aulophyseter
Kellogg, 1927[1]
  • A. morricei Kellogg, 1927 (type species)
  • A. mediatlanticus Cope, 1895
  • A. rionegrensis Gondar, 1974

Aulophyseter is an extinct genus of sperm whale from the Miocene formations of the West and East coasts of North America as well as the Patagonian region of South America. It is a possible synonym of some fossils assigned to Orycterocetus.

Aulophyseter reached a length of 6 m (20 ft) with an estimated body weight of 1100 kg.[2]

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  1. ^ Remington, Kellogg (1927). "Study of the skull of a fossil sperm-whale from the Temblor Miocene of Southern California". Contributions to Palaeontology from the Carnegie Institution of Washington: 3–24. 
  2. ^ R. Nieuwenhuys (1998) The central nervous system of vertebrates, Volume 1 p.2130
  • Colbert's Evolution of the Vertebrates: A History of the Backboned Animals Through Time by Edwin H. Colbert, Michael Morales, and Eli C. Minkoff Pg.396.
  • Sperm Whales: Social Evolution in the Ocean by Hal Whitehead
  • Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals by William F. Perrin, Bernd Wursig, and J. G.M. Thewissen

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