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Zygophyseter varolai Bianucci and Landini 2006 (toothed whale)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla

PaleoDB taxon number: 85977

Full reference: G. Bianucci and W. Landini. 2006. Killer sperm whale: a new basal physeteroid (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Late Miocene of Italy. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society 148:103-131

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

Sister taxa: none

Type specimen: MAUL 229/1, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is Cisterna, which is in a Tortonian transition zone/lower shoreface lime mudstone in the Pietra Leccese Formation of Italy.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Average measurements (in mm): skull 1480.0 x 745.0