Temporal range: Eocene, 53.5 Ma
Bajpai & Gingerich, 1998
Himalayacetus is an extinct aquatic cetacean known from fossils found in the Himachal Pradesh, India. It lived in the remnants of the ancient Tethys Ocean during the early Eocene. This extends the fossil record of whales by some 3.5 million years.
Himalayacetus lived in the coastline of the ancient Tethys Ocean before the Indian plate collided with Eurasia. It is only known from a single jaw fossil, which makes exact comparisons with other cetaceans almost impossible.
References[change | change source]
- Bajpai & Gingerich 1998.
- Kuthar Nala (Eocene of India) in the Paleobiology Database. Retrieved June 2013
- Bajpai & Gingerich 1998, Abstract
- Thewissen JGM. "Ambulocetidae: The First Costal Whales". Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved February 2013. Check date values in: