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Takracetus simus

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Protocetidae

Taxonomy
Takracetus simus was named by Gingerich et al. (1995). Its type specimen is GSP-UM 3041, a skull, and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Takra Daab, which is in a Lutetian offshore shelf shale/limestone in the Domanda Formation of Pakistan.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1995Takracetus simus Gingerich et al. p. 300 figs. Figs. 6B, 7
2001Takracetus simus Thewissen et al. p. 351 figs. Table 1
2008Takracetus simus McLeod and Barnes p. 93
2014Takracetus simus Gingerich and Cappetta p. 128 figs. Figure 16

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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
genusTakracetus
speciessimus

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
P. D. Gingerich et al. 1995Takracetus simus differs from all known protocetids in having a rostrum that is broader and possibly shorter relative to other measures of cranial size, and it differs in having relatively larger orbits. Cheek teeth are smaller than those in contemporary Rodhocetus
kasrani.