Piscobalaena

Name: Piscobalaena.
Phonetic: Pis-ko-bah-leen-ah.
Named By: G.‭ ‬Pilleri‭ & ‬H.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Siber‭ ‬-‭ ‬1989.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Cetotheriidae.
Species: P.‭ ‬nana‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/filter feeder.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬1‭ ‬meter long.‭ ‬Total‭ ‬body size roughly estimated at‭ ‬up to about‭ ‬5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Peru‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pisco Formation.‭ ‬USA,‭ ‬Florida‭ ‬-‭ ‬Bone Valley Formation.
Time period: Serravallian to Messinian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Skulls and partial remains of a few individuals.

       Piscobalaena is a‭ ‬genus of filter feeding whale known to have inhibited the waters between South and North America during the Miocene.‭ ‬This seaway was a popular transit route for whales swimming from the Atlantic‭ ‬Ocean into the Pacific and back again.‭ ‬It was also fraught with danger however as giant sharks,‭ ‬including the infamous C.‭ ‬megalodon are also known to have been present in these waters,‭ ‬and a five meter long whale like Piscobalaena would have been the perfect target for such a predator.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Neuer Spattertiarer cetotherid‭ (‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Mysticeti‭) ‬aus der Pisco Formation Perus.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Beitrage zur Palaontologie der Cetaceen Perus‭ ‬109-115.‭ ‬-‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Pilleri‭ & ‬H.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Siber‭ ‬-‭ ‬1989.



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