Named By: P. D. Gingerich - 2007.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Archaeoceti, Basilosauridae.
Species: M. markgrafi (type).
Size: Very roughly estimated about 10 meters long.
Known locations: Egypt - Birket Qarun Formation, Daba'a Formation, Gehannam Formation.
Time period: Priabonian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and vertebrae.
a member of the Basilosauridae, Masracetus was a
relative of the
and comparable in terms of skull size and body
width. However, as in other relative genera such as Cynthiacetus,
the vertebrae of Masracetus were much shorter than
the vertebrae of
Basilosaurus, indicating a proportionately shorter
Masracetus was named from a combination of the Arabic word for Egypt ‘Masr’, and the Greek for whale ‘ketos’, while the type species name, M. markgrafi is in honour of Richard Markgraf who discovered the type specimen of Masracetus all the way back in 1905, over one hundred years before it was named as a distinct genus.
- Stromerius nidensis, New Archaeocete (Mammalia, Cetacea) From The Upper Eocene Qasr El-Sagha Formation, Fayum, Egypt. - 31(13):363-378. - P. D. Gingerich - 2007.
- Dentary of Masracetus markgrafi, Archaeocete in the north of Lake Qaroun, Fayoum Egypt. - Journal of Amercian Science. - Gebely A. Abu-El-kheir, Mohammed I. El Anbaawy, Sobhi A. Helal & Susan Gibbs - 2013.