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Kharodacetus sahnii

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Protocetidae

Taxonomy
Gaviacetus sahnii was named by Bajpai and Thewissen (1998). Its type specimen is VPL 1021, a partial skeleton, and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Harudi, which is in a Lutetian shallow subtidal mudstone in the Harudi Formation of India. It is the type species of Kharodacetus.

It was recombined as Kharodacetus sahnii by Bajpai and Thewissen (2014).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1998Gaviacetus sahnii Bajpai and Thewissen pp. 228-229 figs. 5C, 7C-D, 8C-E, 9
2002Gaviacetus sahnii Uhen p. 79
2008Gaviacetus sahnii McLeod and Barnes p. 93
2014Kharodacetus sahnii Bajpai and Thewissen p. 6

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
RankNameAuthor
Amniota
Synapsida()
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
orderArtiodactyla()
Cetacea()
familyProtocetidae
genusKharodacetus
speciessahnii()

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
S. Bajpai and J. G. M. Thewissen 2014Kharodacetus is a large protocetid, with large premolars and molars, larger than any previously described Indo-Pakistani protocetid (Figure 2). Kharodacetus has a flat supraorbital shield with large orbits, similar to all other protocetids and different from pakicetids, ambulocetids and remingtonocetids. Kharodacetus has a long, relatively broad snout (snout is narrower in Gaviacetus and Makaracetus, broader in Takracetus), its orbit is high above the palate (unlike Indocetus), the premolars are large and robust (unlike Rodhocetus, Qaisracetus, Makaracetus and Gaviacetus). The molars have a large protocone (unlike Babiacetus) and a large metacone (unlike Maiacetus), and are, relative to P4, longer than in other protocetids (Figure 2).