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Temporal range: Bartonian
~41–38 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Basilosauridae
Genus: Basiloterus
B. husseini
Binomial name
Basiloterus husseini
Gingerich et al., 1997

Basiloterus is an extinct genus of alate-Eocene primitive whale from the Drazinda Formation, Pakistan and possibly also the Barton Group (originally Barton Beds) of England.[1]

Basiloterus husseini is the closest known relative of Basilosaurus, but was not as large or elongated. The holotype is known from partial post cranial remains including two lumbar vertebrae.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Gingerich et al., 1997


  • Gingerich, Philip D.; M. Arif; M. Akram Bhatti; M. Anwar, and William J. Sanders. 1997. Basilosaurus drazindai and Basiloterus hussaini, New Archaeoceti (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Middle Eocene Drazinda Formation, with a Revised Interpretation of Ages of Whale-Bearing Strata in the Kirthar Group of the Sulaiman Range, Punjab (Pakistan). Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan 30. 55–81. hdl:2027.42/48652 OCLC 742731913
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