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Zeuglodon brachyspondylus Müller 1849 (whale)

Osteichthyes - Pelagiceti - Basilosauridae

PaleoDB taxon number: 63071

Alternative combinations: Basilosaurus brachyspondylus, Pontogeneus brachyspondylus, Zeuglodon trachyspondylus

Synonym: Cynthiacetus maxwelli Uhen 2005 (taxon 63144)

Full reference: J. Müller. 1849. Über die fossilen Reste der Zeuglodonten von Nordamerica 1-38

Belongs to Pontogeneus according to P. D. Gingerich 2015

Sister taxa: Pontogeneus priscus, Cynthiacetus peruvianus

Type specimens:

  • Zeuglodon brachyspondylus: MFNB, a set of vertebrae (lumbar vertebra, L9)
  • Cynthiacetus maxwelli: MMNS VP 445, a partial skeleton. Its type locality is Cynthia Pit, which is in a Priabonian offshore claystone in the Yazoo Formation of Mississippi.

Ecology: aquatic carnivore