Archaeoceti


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Archaeoceti

[‚ärk·ē·ə′sē‚tī]
(paleontology)
The zeuglodonts, a suborder of aquatic Eocene mammals in the order Cetacea; the oldest known cetaceans.
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The property is nominated for its fossil values, which are centred on the fossils of ancient whales from the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, the Archaeoceti (or archaeocetes).
In fact, it is the first discovery of a fetal skeleton of an extinct whale in the group known as Archaeoceti, and the find represents a new species dubbed Maiacetus inuus.
Both sides in the controversy would thus be vindicated: Ambulocetus, Pakicetus, and their more fully marine descendants in the extinct whale suborder Archaeoceti would in fact be descended from mesonychians, while the two extant whale suborders would share a common ancestor (probably more recently) with hippopotamoid artiodactyls.