Gandakasia

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Gandakasia
Temporal range: Early Eocene, 49 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Ambulocetidae
Genus: Gandakasia
Dehm & Oettingen-Spielberg, 1958[1]
Species: G. potens
Binomial name
Gandakasia potens
Dehm & Oettingen-Spielberg, 1958[1]

Gandakasia is an extinct genus of ambulocetid from Pakistan, that lived in the Eocene epoch. It probably caught its prey near rivers or streams.

Just like Himalayacetus, Gandakasia is only known from a single jaw fragment, making comparisons to other ambulocetids difficult.[2]

The first ambulocetid to be described, Gandakasia was not initially recognized as a cetacean.[3] Like modern forms they were already fully aquatic.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dehm & Oettingen-Spielberg 1958.
  2. ^ Thewissen, JGM. "Ambulocetidae: The First Coastal Whales". Retrieved February 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Thewissen & Williams 2002, p. 79
  4. ^ Konami Ando, Shin-ichi Fujiwara, Farewell to life on land – thoracic strength as a new indicator to determine paleoecology in secondary aquatic mammals, First published: 10 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/joa.12518

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