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Mammalia - Ungulata
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|Y. Tanaka and R. E. Fordyce 2016||Heterodont odontocete with tooth sizes com- parable with those of Waipatia maerewhenua. Similar to Waipatia maerewhenua in the robust anterior process of the periotic with a rounded anterior end, teardrop-shaped internal acoustic meatus of the periotic and broad poste- rior process of the periotic. Awamokoa tokarahi has one autapomorphy amongst the Platanistoidea sensu stricto: a dorsoventrally higher postglenoid process relative to the post-tympanic process (character 116; homoplastic with the state in some other Odontoceti). The teardrop-shaped fenestra rotunda (character 174) is seen elsewhere among Platanistoidea sensu stricto only in Otekaikea huata. Dif- fers from Waipatia in: apex of postglenoid process dor- sally higher than the post-tympanic process; a teardrop- shaped fenestra rotunda with a fissure directed towards the aperture for cochlear aqueduct; a dorsoventrally thin zygomatic process; an anteromedially oriented anterior surface of the postglenoid process of the squamosal; two prominent dorsal crests on the periotic; an outstandingly large aperture for the vestibular aqueduct (3.7 mm); and strongly expanded anterior part of the tympanic cavity of the bulla. Differs from Otekaikea in having: a more robust anterior process of the periotic; broader posterior process of the periotic; weaker curve of the parabullary sulcus of the periotic; more rounded sigmoidal process of the bulla. Differs from Squalodontidae in having a dorsoventrally thick anterior process of the periotic; and larger mallear fossa and lateral tuberosity of the periotic.|