Babiacetus

Name: Babiacetus ‭(‬Babia whale‭)‬.
Phonetic: Bab-e-ah-see-tus.
Named By: A.‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Trivedy‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Satsangi‭ ‬-‭ ‬1984.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Archaeoceti,‭ ‬Protocetidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬indicus‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬mishrai.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of post cranial remains.
Known locations: India‭ ‬-‭ ‬Harudi Formation,‭ ‬and Pakistan‭ ‬-‭ ‬Drazinda Formation.
Time period: Lutetian to Bartonian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Remains of at least‭ ‬3‭ ‬individuals,‭ ‬though only of skulls,‭ ‬mandibles,‭ ‬dentaries and teeth.

       Babiacetus was a member of the Archaeoceti,‭ ‬a group of primitive whales that also includes genera such as Basilosaurus,‭ ‬Dorudon,‭ ‬Protocetus and Zygorhiza.‭ ‬Babiacetus seems to have lived more during the middle Eocene,‭ ‬though since the genus is currently only known for cranial remains,‭ ‬we do not know how well developed the actual body was for an aquatic lifestyle.‭ ‬Babiacetus is noted for having large teeth that were around three and five centimetres long along the base of the crown.‭ ‬The large size and spacing of these teeth indicate that Babiacetus was a predator of large to mid-sized marine organisms,‭ ‬including fish and possibly other marine mammals.‭ ‬The auditory bulla‭ ‬of Babiacetus is also noted as being narrower than that of Rodhocetus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new archaeocete‭ (‬whale‭) ‬from the Eocene of India‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Trivedy‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Satsangi‭ ‬-‭ ‬1984.
-‭ ‬Middle Eocene Cetaceans from the Harudi and Subathu Formations of India‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Bajpai‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Thewissen‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.



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