Name: Protororqualus ‭(‬first rorqual‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pro-to-ro-kwal-us.
Named By: M.‭ ‬Bisconti‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.
Synonyms: Cetotherium cuverii.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Artiodactyla,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Balaenopteridae.
Species: P.‭ ‬cuverii‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Filter feeder.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Italy.
Time period: Pliocene.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skull and post cranial skeleton.

       Protororqualus is a genus of rorqual baleen whale that lived in European waters during the Pliocene period.‭ ‬Protororqualus is seen to be more primitive in form and living at time when other kinds of rorqual whales were already developing more advanced features.‭

Further reading
-‭ ‬Taxonomic revision and phylogenetic relationships of the rorqual-like mysticete from the Pliocene of Mount Pulgnasco,‭ ‬northern Italy‭ (‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Mysticeti‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Palaeontolographica Italica‭ ‬91:85-108.‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Bisconti‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.


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