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. But some specimen bones of it being taken across the sea to owen, the english anatomist, it turned out that this alleged reptile was a whale, though of a departed species.
In this environment, Basilosaurus isis lived as one of the biggest marine predators in history topping the ecological pyramid.
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 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. But some specimen bones of it being taken across the sea to Owen, the English Anatomist, it turned out that this alleged reptile was a whale, though of a departed species.
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.
Walking With Beasts Whale Killer (BBC1, 8pm) introduces us to Basilosaurus, a carnivorous, 18-metre whale who lived in the Tethys Sea, an ancient waterway connecting Asia to the Atlantic.
Gingerich suggested that this animal, called Basilosaurus, used its tiny hind limbs to grasp its partner during copulation.
It also features a "unique collection" of fossils, including the largest intact Basilosaurus isis whale fossil, according to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).