Chavinziphius maxillocristatus Bianucci et al. 2016 (beaked whale)

Mammalia - Odontoceti - Ziphiidae

Full reference: G. Bianucci, C. Di Celma, M. Urbina and O. Lambert. 2016. New beaked whales from the late Miocene of Peru and evidence for convergent evolution in stem and crown Ziphiidae (Cetacea, Odontoceti). PeerJ 4:e2479

Belongs to Chavinziphius according to G. Bianucci et al. 2016

Sister taxa: none

Type specimen: MUSM 2538, a partial skull (incomplete skull lacking most of the rostrum, the ear bones, the teeth, the left mandible, and the anterior portion of the symphyseal region of the right mandib). Its type locality is Cerro Los Quesos, which is in a Messinian lagoonal siltstone in the Pisco Formation of Peru.

Ecology: aquatic piscivore-carnivore

Distribution: found only at Cerro Los Quesos

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