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Pakicetus, whale and dolphin ancestor

Pakicetus, whale and dolphin ancestor

This reconstruction of Pakicetus, the earliest cetacean, is based on skeletons found in the Punjab region of Pakistan. The ear region of the skull resembles fossil and modern whales, and the teeth and other features are similar to those of some fossil whales.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Dolphins - Ancient dolphins – the fossil record', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/4690/pakicetus-whale-and-dolphin-ancestor (accessed 18 November 2018)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Sep 2015