Dorudon

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Dorudon
Temporal range: late Eocene
Dorudon atrox, Senckenberg Museum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Archaeoceti
Family: Basilosauridae
Genus: Dorudon
Gibbes, 1845

Dorudon ("spear-tooth") was a genus of ancient cetacean. It lived alongside Basilosaurus, 41 to 33 million years ago, in the Eocene.

They were about five meters (16 ft) long and were most likely carnivorous, feeding on small fish and molluscs. Dorudon lived in warm seas around the world., Fossils have been found along the former shorelines of the Tethys Sea in present-day Western Sahara, Egypt, Pakistan, the United States, and New Zealand. Most finds have been in Egypt.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Paleobiology database [1]