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Temporal range: Eocene
Basilosaurus skeleton.jpg
Basilosaurus skeleton
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Basilosauridae
Subfamily: Basilosaurinae
Miller, 1923

Basilosaurinae is a subfamily of cetaceans archaeocetes containing two genera: Basilosaurus and Basiloterus.[1] They were characterized by elongated distal thoracic vertebrae, lumbar, and proximal sacrococcygeal. All known members of the subfamily are larger than their relatives of the Dorudontinae subfamily except Cynthiacetus.[2]

It was declared an invalid subgroup of Basilosauridae by Uhen 2013.[1]


  • Subfamily Basilosaurinae
    • Genus Basilosaurus
      • Basilosaurus cetoides
      • Basilosaurus drazindai
      • Basilosaurus isis
    • Genus Basiloterus
      • Basiloterus hussaini


  1. ^ a b Basilosauridae in the Paleobiology Database. Retrieved July 2013.
  2. ^ Uhen 2008


  • Uhen, Mark D. (2008). "Basilosaurids". In Perrin, William F.; Wursig, Bernd; Thewissen, J.G.M. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals (2 ed.). Academic Press. pp. 91–4. ISBN 978-0-12-373553-9. 
  • Uhen, Mark D. (2013). "A review of North American Basilosauridae". Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin. 31 (2): 1–45.