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Balaenoptera bertae Boessenecker 2013 (rorqual)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Balaenopteridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 287250

Full reference: R. W. Boessenecker. 2013. A new marine vertebrate assemblage from the Late Neogene Purisima Formation in Central California, part II: Pinnipeds and Cetaceans. Geodiversitas 35(4):815-939

Belongs to Balaenoptera according to F. G. Marx and R. E. Fordyce 2015

Sister taxa: Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera bonaerensis, Balaenoptera borealis, Balaenoptera brydei, Balaenoptera cephalus, Balaenoptera davidsonii, Balaenoptera edeni, Balaenoptera musculus, Balaenoptera omurai, Balaenoptera physalus, Balaenoptera siberi, Balaenoptera sursiplana

Type specimen: UCMP 219078, a partial skull (partial skull lacking the premaxillae, maxillae, nasals, jugals, tympanic bullae, and bodies of the petrosal). Its type locality is UCMP V99849, San Gregorio section, Half Moon Bay, which is in a Piacenzian coastal sandstone/siltstone in the Purisima Formation of California.

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder