Indocetus

Name: Indocetus ‭(‬India whale‭)‬.
Phonetic: In-doe-see-tus.
Named By: A.‭ ‬Sahni‭ & ‬V.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Mishra‭ ‬-‭ ‬1975.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Archaeoceti,‭ ‬Protocetidae.
Species: I.‭ ‬ramani‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Piscivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: India‭ ‬-‭ ‬Harudi Formation
Time period: Lutetian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.

       Indocetus is a genus of protocetid whale that was first name from the discovery of a partial skull from the‭ ‬Harudi Formation of India in‭ ‬1975.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1993‭ ‬new whale fossils from the Domanda Formation of Pakistan were added to the Indocetus genus,‭ ‬and this was a significant development since these were the first post cranial remains attributed to the genus.‭ ‬However a subsequent study in‭ ‬1995‭ ‬came to the conclusion that these post cranial remains actually belonged to the genus Remingtoncetus.‭ ‬The result of this is that Indocetus is still only known from partial skull material from India,‭ ‬though further isolated post cranial remains from the Harudi Formation have been considered to potentially belong to that Indocetus.
       As a member of the Protocetidae,‭ ‬Indocetus would have been related to genera such as Babiacetus,‭ ‬Eocetus and of course the type genus of the group Protocetus.‭ ‬The closest known relative of Indocetus though is the genus Rodhocetus,‭ ‬with the teeth of both of these genera being single rooted.


Further reading
-‭ ‬Lower Tertiary vertebrates from western India‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Sahni‭ & ‬V.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Mishra‭ ‬-‭ ‬1975.
-‭ ‬Partial skeletons of Indocetus ramani‭ (‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea‭) ‬from the lower middle Eocene Domanda Shale in the Sulaiman Range of Punjab‭ (‬Pakistan‭) ‬-‭ ‬Philip D.‭ ‬Gingerich,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Mahmood Raza,‭ ‬Muhammad Arif‭ ‬,‭ ‬Muhammad Anwar‭ & ‬Xiaoyuan Zhou‭ ‬-‭ ‬1993.
-‭ ‬New Archaeocetes‭ (‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea‭) ‬from the middle Eocene Domanda Formation of the Sulaiman Range,‭ ‬Punjab‭ (‬Pakistan‭). - ‬Philip D.‭ ‬Gingerich,‭ ‬Muhammad Arif,‭ ‬William C.‭ ‬Clyde‭ ‬-‭ ‬1995.
-‭ ‬Synopsis of the Earliest Cetaceans:‭ ‬Pakicetidae,‭ ‬Ambulocetidae,‭ ‬Remingtonocetidae,‭ ‬and Protocetidae‭ ‬-‭ ‬Ellen Williams‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
-‭ ‬Middle Eocene Cetaceans from the Harudi and Subathu Formations of India‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Bajpai‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Thewissen‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.





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