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Balaenoptera davidsonii Cope 1872 (rorqual)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Balaenopteridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 68435

Alternative combinations: Balaenoptera davidsoni, Cetotherium davidsonii, Eschrichtius davidsonii

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1872. On an extinct whale from California. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 1872:29-30

Belongs to Balaenoptera according to M. D. Uhen et al. 2008

Sister taxa: Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera andrejewi, Balaenoptera bertae, Balaenoptera bonaerensis, Balaenoptera borealis, Balaenoptera brydei, Balaenoptera cephalus, Balaenoptera edeni, Balaenoptera fasciata, Balaenoptera grimmi, Balaenoptera musculus, Balaenoptera omurai, Balaenoptera physalus, Balaenoptera ryani, Balaenoptera siberi, Balaenoptera sursiplana

Type specimen: ANSP 12922, a mandible (partial left dentary). Its type locality is Cabrillo Canyon, which is in a Piacenzian offshore shelf horizon in the San Diego Formation of California.

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder

Average measurements (in mm): skull 1390.0 x 850.0