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Indocetus ramani

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Protocetidae

Taxonomy
Indocetus ramani was named by Sahni and Mishra (1975). Its type specimen is LUVP 11034, a skull, 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 Indocetus.

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1975Indocetus ramani Sahni and Mishra
1993Indocetus ramani Gingerich et al.
1998Indocetus ramani Bajpai and Thewissen p. 223
2001Indocetus ramani Thewissen et al. p. 351 figs. Table 1
2008Indocetus ramani McLeod and Barnes p. 93
2014Indocetus ramani Bajpai and Thewissen p. 3

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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
genusIndocetus
speciesramani

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 2014ndocetus is a medium-sized protocetid, with teeth larger than most protocetids from the Indian continent, but smaller than those of Kharodacetus, and only slightly larger than teeth of Rodhocetus. The orbit is barely elevated above the palate (unlike Kharodacetus and Dhedacetus). Indocetus has a flat supraorbital shield with large orbits, similar to all other protocetids and different from pakicetids, ambulocetids and remingtonocetids.