Kogiopsis

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Kogiopsis
Temporal range: Miocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Kogiidae
Genus: Kogiopsis
Kellogg, 1929
Species: K. floridana
Binomial name
Kogiopsis floridana
Kellogg, 1929 [1]

Kogiopsis is a genus of prehistoric, Middle Miocene pygmy sperm whales from the family Kogiidae.[2] Kogiopsis had very long teeth, 3–12.7 centimetres (1.2–5.0 in) long, without root. These teeth are found mostly in Florida and South Carolina. In addition to its teeth, Kogiopsis is known primarily from mandibles. The anatomy of the teeth and lower jaws are similar to those of the extinct sperm whale genus, Orycterocetus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Remington Kellogg (1929). "A new fossil toothed whale from Florida". American Museum Novitates. 389: 1–10. hdl:2246/3135. 
  2. ^ R. E. Fordyce & C. de Muizon (2001). "Evolutionary history of the cetaceans: a review". In Jean-Michel Mazin & Vivian de Buffrénil. Secondary Adaptations of Tetrapods to Life in the Water: Proceedings of the International Meeting, Poitiers, 1996. Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil. pp. 169–233. ISBN 978-3-931516-88-8. 

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