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Temporal range: Late Miocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Balaenopteridae
Genus: Parabalaenoptera
Zeigler, 1997
  • P. baulinensis Zeigler, 1997 (type)

Parabalaenoptera[1] is a genus of prehistoric baleen whale found in Marin County, California.[1] The type species is P. baulinensis. It was estimated to be about the size of the modern gray whale,[2] about 16 metres (52 ft) long. It lived during the late Miocene.[3]


  1. ^ a b The Paleobiology Database Parabalaenoptera entry
  2. ^ Deméré, T.A.; Berta, A.; McGowen, M.R. (2005). "The taxonomic and evolutionary history of fossil and modern balaenopteroid mysticetes". Journal of Mammalian Evolution. 12 (1/2): 99–143. doi:10.1007/s10914-005-6944-3. 
  3. ^ Bisconti, M. (2010). "A new balaenopterid whale from the late Miocene of the Stirone River, northern Italy (Mammalia, Cetacea, Mysticeti)". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 30: 943–958. doi:10.1080/02724631003762922.