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Ancalecetus simonsi


Ancalecetus is very similar to Dorudon but had very reduced forelimbs that were placed against the rib cage and could not have been functional paddles. Ancalecetus was therefore probably a very specialized feeder.



Name


Ancalecetus simonsi


Authority
   

Gingerich and Uhen, 1996


Meaning of the generic name


Ankale, Gr., bent arm, and ketos, whale.


 Meaning of the specific name

 To honor Dr. Elwyn L. Simons, who discovered the type specimen.

Size


Skull length: 85 cm, Length: 5 m


Remains


Holotype (CGM 42290): partial skeleton


Age and Distribution


Horizon: Birket Qarun Formation. Early Upper Eocene (Early Priabonian).
Locality: Wadi Hitan locality ZV-81, Western Fayum Province, Egypt.


Classification


Mammalia Cetacea Archaeoceti Dorudontidae Dorudontinae

  Further Reading

  P. D. Gingerich and M. D. Uhen. 1996. Ancalecetus simonsi, a new dorudontine archaeocete (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the early late Eocene of Wadi Hitan, Egypt. Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan 29(13):359-401.

  Synonyms  
 







Skeletal reconstruction of Ancalecetus simonsi. Known elements in black. From Gingerich & Uhen, 1996.

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