Name: Saghacetus.
Phonetic: Sag-ha-see-tus.
Named By: P.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Gingerich‭ ‬-‭ ‬1992.
Synonyms: Dorudon elliotsmithii,‭ ‬Dorudon sensitivus,‭ ‬Dorudon zitteli,‭ ‬Zeuglodon elliotsmithii,‭ ‬Zeuglodon sensitivius,‭ ‬Zeuglodon sensitivus,‭ ‬Zeuglodon zitteli.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Cetacea,‭ ‬Archaeoceti,‭ ‬Basilosauridae,‭ ‬Dorudontinae.
Species: S.‭ ‬osiris‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Egypt‭ ‬-‭ ‬Qasr el Sagha Formation.
Time period: Priabonian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and jaws.

       Though only known from a partial skull and jaws,‭ ‬Saghacetus is known to‭ ‬have been a dorudontine whale that was hunting in the waters of Egypt during the Eocene.‭ ‬Before being established as a distinct genus,‭ ‬fossils of Saghacetus had been described as species of Dorudon.‭ ‬The exact size of Saghacetus is uncertain,‭ ‬but the genus is thought to have been smaller than its relative Dorudon.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Marine Mammals‭ (‬Cetacean and Sirenia‭) ‬from the Eocene of Gebel Mokattam and Fayum,‭ ‬Egypt:‭ ‬Stratigraphy,‭ ‬Age,‭ ‬and Paleoenvironments.‭ ‬-‭ ‬University of Michigan Papers on Paleontology‭ ‬30:1-84.‭ ‬-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Gingerich‭ ‬-‭ ‬1992.


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