Basilosaurus Harlan 1834 (whale)

Mammalia - Pelagiceti - Basilosauridae

Synonyms: Alabamornis Abel 1906, Hydrarchos Koch 1845, Hydrarchus Muller 1849, Hydrargos Koch 1845, Polyptychodon Emmons 1858, Zeuglodon Owen 1839 [objective synonym], Zugodon Scudder 1882, Zyglodon Hammerschmidt 1848, Zygodon Owen 1839

Full reference: R. Harlan. 1834. Notice of fossil bones found in the Tertiary formation of the State of Louisiana. Transactions of the American Philosophical society 4:397-403

Parent taxon: Basilosauridae according to M. D. Uhen 2018

See also Abel 1906, Abel 1914, Abel 1919, Abu El-kheir et al. 2013, Andrews 1906, Benton 1993, Bergqvist et al. 1999, Berta 2017, Boessenecker and Fordyce 2015, Brandt 1874, Bronn 1853, Carroll 1988, Clementz et al. 2006, Cope 1890, De Kay 1842, Fitzgerald 2010, Gao and Ni 2015, Geisler and Sanders 2003, Gibbes 1847, Gill 1871, Gill 1872, Gingerich 1992, Gingerich 2012, Gingerich et al. 1997, Gingerich and Cappetta 2014, Haeckel 1866, Halstead and Middleton 1972, Hay 1902, Hay 1930, Hooker 1986, Kellogg 1928, Kellogg 1936, Koch 1845, Lucas 1908, Lydekker 1887, Martínez-Cáceres et al. 2017, Martinez-Cáceres and Muizon 2011, Mchedlidze 1970, McKenna and Bell 1997, McLeod and Barnes 2008, Miller 1923, Moustafa 1954, Muller 1849, Owen 1839, Palmer 1904, Pictet 1853, Reichenbach 1847, Schouten 2011, Sepkoski 2002, Sherman 1952, Simpson 1945, Slijper 1936, Spaulding et al. 2009, Stromer 1908, Thewissen et al. 2001, Thurmond and Jones 1981, Trouessart 1898, Trouessart 1904, Uhen 1998, Uhen 2002, Uhen 2004, Uhen 2008, Uhen 2009, Uhen 2013, Zittel 1894 and Zittel 1925

Sister taxa: Ancalecetus, Balaenoptera juddi, Basilosaurinae, Basiloterus, Basilotritus, Berardiopsis miocaenus, Chrysocetus, Cynthiacetus, Dorudon, Dorudontinae, Masracetus, Ocucajea, Platyosphys, Pontogeneus, Pontogeneus brachyspondylus, Saghacetus, Stromeriinae, Stromerius, Supayacetus, Zygorhiza

Subtaxa: Basilosaurus cetoides Basilosaurus drazindai Basilosaurus isis Basilosaurus puschi Hydrarchos harlani

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Ecology: aquatic carnivore

Distribution:

• Eocene of Egypt (15 collections), Jordan (1), Pakistan (1), Ukraine (1), the United Kingdom (1), United States (37: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee), Western Sahara (6)

• Tertiary of Poland (1)

Total: 63 collections each including a single occurrence

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