Borealodon Shipps et al. 2019 (whale)

Mammalia - Cetacea

Full reference: B. K. Shipps, C. M. Peredo, and N. D. Pyenson. 2019. Borealodon osedax, a new stem mysticete (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Oligocene of Washington State and its implications for fossil whale-fall communities. Royal Society Open Science 6(182168):1-20

Parent taxon: Mysticeti according to B. K. Shipps et al. 2019

Sister taxa: Aetiocetidae, Aetiocetoidea, Amphitera, Aulocetus calaritanus, Aulocetus lovisati, Balaena cortesii, Burtinopsis, Cetotheriomorphus, Chaeomysticeti, Coronodon, Crenaticeti, Eschrichtioidea, Eschrichtius expansus, Eschrichtius leptocentrus, Eschrichtius pusillus, Horopeta, Llanocetidae, Maiabalaena, Mammalodontidae, Mauicetus brevicollis, Mesoteras, Mesoteras kerrianus, Metasqualodon, Mioceta, Mystacodontidae, Probalaena, Pterobalaenidae, Rhegnopsis, Siphonocetus, Squalodon serratus, Taikicetus, Toipahautea, Tretulias, Tretulias buccatus, Ulias

Subtaxa: Borealodon osedax

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Type: Borealodon osedax

Ecology: aquatic carnivore-suspension feeder

Distribution: found only at Murdock Creek (Oligocene of Washington)

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