Kutchicetus

Name: Kutchicetus ‭(‬Kachchh whale‭)‬.
Phonetic: Kutch-e-see-tus.
Named By: S.‭ ‬Bajpai‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Thewissen‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Archaeoceti,‭ ‬Remingtonocetidae.
Species: K.‭ ‬minimus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Details uncertain.
Known locations: India‭ ‬-‭ ‬Harudi Formation,‭ ‬Panandhro Formation.
Time period: Lutetian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Although details are uncertain,‭ ‬Kutchicetus is noted as being a small remingtonocetid whale‭ (‬relative of Remingtonocetus‭)‬.‭ ‬The tail of Kutchicetus seems to‭ ‬have been quite well developed and may have played a more important role in swimming than other primitive whales,‭ ‬though there is‭ ‬no evidence that a tail fluke had been developed.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new,‭ ‬diminutive Eocene whale from Kachchh‭ (‬Gujarat,‭ ‬India‭) ‬and its implications for locomotor evolution.‭ ‬Current Science‭ ‬79‭(‬10‭)‬:1478-1482.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Bajpai‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Thewissen‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.



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