Name: Himalayacetus ‭(‬Himalaya whale‭)‬.
Phonetic: Him-ah-lay-ah-see-tus.
Named By: S.‭ ‬Bajpai‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Gingerich‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Archaeoceti,‭ ‬Ambulocetidae.
Species: H.‭ ‬subathuensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of fossil remains.
Known locations: India‭ ‬-‭ ‬Subathu Formation.
Time period: Ypresian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial jaw.

       Himalayacetus is one of if not the oldest archaeocetid whale currently known to us.‭ ‬Unfortunately at the time of writing the only part of this primitive whale that we have is a partial jaw,‭ ‬but this is still enough to identify Himalayacetus as a relative of the better known Ambulocetus.
       Himalayacetus should not be confused with Himalayasaurus,‭ ‬a large ichthyosaur that lived hundreds of millions of years earlier in the Triassic period.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new Eocene archaeocete‭ (‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea‭) ‬from India and the time of origin of whales.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences‭ ‬95:15464-15468.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Bajpai‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Gingerich‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.


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