basilosaurus


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bas·i·lo·saur·us

 (băs′ə-lə-sôr′əs)
n.
A large extinct whale of the genus Basilosaurus of the Eocene Epoch, having a long thin body and vestigial hind limbs.

[New Latin Basilosaurus, genus name : Greek basileus, king + Greek sauros, lizard (from its former classification as a reptilian).]
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The Alabama doctors declared it a huge reptile, and bestowed upon it the name of Basilosaurus.
And the centerpiece, two massive 20 meter skeletons of the wadi's showpiece, the extinct whale Basilosaurus isis, complete with hind limbs missing from modern whales, the hind limbs that highlight its pivotal place in whale evolution.
It also features a "unique collection" of fossils, including the largest intact Basilosaurus isis whale fossil, according to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
It is an extraordinary open air museum containing the world's only 40-million year old skeletons of basilosaurus, the ancestor of the whale, 400 of them, each some 20m long.
The Alabama doctors declared it a huge reptile, and bestowed upon it the name of Basilosaurus.
Seven years later, Gingerich found hundreds of partial skeletons including a complete hind limb belonging to Basilosaurus isis, an ancient whale that inhabited Egypt five or ten million years after Pakicetus.
11:15 A LARGELY COMPLETE BASILOSAURUS FIND IN THE UPPER YAZOO CLAY IN SCOTT COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
Tonight's show features the fate of a female Basilosaurus - a huge serpent like whale.
The mighty Basilosaurus, a carnivorous, early whale, lives in the Tethy's Sea, the ancient waterway connecting Asia to the Atlantic.
It is the mating season, and a female adult Basilosaurus has just chosen her companion.
Gingerich suggested that this animal, called Basilosaurus, used its tiny hind limbs to grasp its partner during copulation.
Here lying out in the sand are the partially excavated fossil skeletons of whales, notably Basilosaurus isis and Dorudon atrox.