Name: Ashorocetus ‭(‬Ashoro whale‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ash-o-roe-see-tus.
Named By: L.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Barnes,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Kimura,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Furusawa‭ & ‬H.‭ ‬Sawamura‭ ‬-‭ ‬1995.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Mysticeti,‭ ‬Aetiocetidae.
Species: A.‭ ‬eguchii‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Filter feeder‭?
Size: Unknown.
Known locations: Japan,‭ ‬Hokkaido‭ ‬-‭ ‬Morawan Formation,‭ ‬Kamirawan Sandstone Member.
Time period: Chattian of the Oligocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull remains.

       Unfortunately still only known from very incomplete remains,‭ ‬Ashorocetus was an early baleen whale.‭ ‬Relatives of Ashorocetus include Aetiocetus and Willungacetus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Classification and distribution of Oligocene Aetiocetidae‭ (‬Mammalia‭; ‬Cetacea‭; ‬Mysticeti‭) ‬from western North America and Japan‭ ‬-‭ ‬L.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Barnes,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Kimura,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Furusawa‭ & ‬H.‭ ‬Sawamura‭ ‬-‭ ‬1995.


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