An Amphibious Whale from the Middle Eocene of Peru Reveals Early South Pacific Dispersal of Quadrupedal Cetaceans

Olivier Lambert, Giovanni Bianucci, Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi, Claudio Di Celma, Etienne Steurbaut, Mario Urbina, Christian de Muizon

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Abstract

Lambert et al. describe a new cetacean from the middle Eocene of Peru, characterized by retention of terrestrial locomotion abilities and a significant contribution of the tail for swimming. This first indisputable quadrupedal whale from the Pacific Ocean supports early dispersal of amphibious cetaceans to the New World across the South Atlantic.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1352-1359.e3
Number of pages0
JournalCurrent Biology
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • amphibious dispersal
  • biogeography
  • Cetacea
  • locomotion
  • middle Eocene
  • New World
  • Peru
  • Protocetidae
  • quadrupedal

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    Lambert, O., Bianucci, G., Salas-Gismondi, R., Di Celma, C., Steurbaut, E., Urbina, M., & de Muizon, C. (2019). An Amphibious Whale from the Middle Eocene of Peru Reveals Early South Pacific Dispersal of Quadrupedal Cetaceans. Current Biology, 29(8), 1352-1359.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.02.050