Named By: P. D. Gingerich, I. S. Zalmout, M. Ul-Haq & M. A. Bhatti - 2005.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Archaeoceti, Protocetidae.
Species: M. bidens (type).
Size: Skull about 53 centimetres long.
Known locations: Pakistan - Habib Rahi Formation.
Time period: Lutetian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Skull.
Makaracetus is a genus of protocetid whale that lived in Pakistan during the Eocene. The most notable feature of Makaracetus is the strange shaped snout which dips down, and may be a sign that Makaracetus had a proboscis, alternatively known as a trunk, that may have been similar to a tapirs. This was the inspiration for the name Makaracetus which means ‘Makara whale’. In Hindu mythology the Makara is an animal that is sometimes portrayed as half elephant and half fish.
- Makracetus bidens, a new protocetid archaeocete (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the early middle Eocene of Balochistan (Pakistan). - Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan 31(9):197-210. - P. D. Gingerich, I. S. Zalmout, M. Ul-Haq & M. A. Bhatti - 2005.