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Livyatan melvillei Lambert et al. 2010 (toothed whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla

PaleoDB taxon number: 171202

Alternative combination: Leviathan melvillei

Full reference: O. Lambert, G. Bianucci, K. Post, C. Muizon, R. Salas-Gismondi, M. Urbina, and J. Reumer. 2010. The giant bite of a new raptorial sperm whale from the Miocene epoch of Peru. Nature 466:105-108

Belongs to Livyatan according to J. Velez-Juarbe et al. 2015

Sister taxa: none

Type specimen: MUSM 1676, a partial skull. Its type locality is Cerro Colorado (Pisco, Miocene), which is in a Tortonian coastal horizon in the Pisco Formation of Peru.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): skull 2940.0 x 1970.0