Named By: P. Goldin & M. E. Steeman - 2015.
Synonyms: Mesocetus argillarius.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Cetacea, Mysticeti, Tranatocetidae.
Species: T. argillarius (type), T. maregermanicum.
Diet: Carnivore/filter feeder.
Known locations: Denmark - Gram Formation.
Time period: Tortonian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.
Originally named as a species of Mesocetus, Tranatocetus is a genus of whale that lived around Denmark during the Miocene.
- Mesocetus argillarius sp.n. (Cetacea, Mysticeti) from Upper Miocene of Denmark, with Remarks on the Lower Jaw and the Echolocation System in Whale Phytogeny. - Zoologica Scripta 7 (1-4): 63–79. - Flemming Roth - 1978.
- From problem taxa to problem solver: A new Miocene family, Tranatocetidae, brings perspective on baleen whale evolution. PLoS One 10(9). - P. Goldin & M. E. Steeman - 2015.
- A large Late Miocene cetotheriid (Cetacea, Mysticeti) from the Netherlands clarifies the status of Tranatocetidae. - PeerJ. 7 - Felix G. Marx, Klaas Post, Mark Bosselaers & Dirk K. Munsterman - 2019