Named By: S. Bajpai & P. D. Gingerich - 1998.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Archaeoceti, Ambulocetidae.
Species: H. subathuensis (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of fossil remains.
Known locations: India - Subathu Formation.
Time period: Ypresian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial jaw.
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
Himalayacetus should not be confused with Himalayasaurus, a large ichthyosaur that lived hundreds of millions of years earlier in the Triassic period.
- 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.