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Found 6 results

  1. Albicetus oxymycterus drawing

    Here's a new paleo-reconstuction I drew since the past two days of Albicetus oxymycterus, which is a mid-Miocene raptorial physeteroid none of you have probably heard about. Special thing between this little Moby-Dick and city I live in is that although it was not discovered directly in PV, it was discovered very nearby in Santa Barbara in the same formation and sublayer that exists here which highly suggests that it also swam here 16-14 million years ago. I tried to make this as scientifically accurate as possible using the resources I had, which included the entire 2015 paper establishing the genus Albicetus. I mainly used a pre-existing sketch of Aulophyseter morricei as body reference (which the paper stated is morphologically most similar to A. oxymycterus except for dentition) and used the paper's skull reconstruction for the head. I used a Zygophyseter-like head as the paper stated that the supracranial basin of the skull does not elongate to the end of the maxilla like that of Zygophyseter and Acrophyseter, which both posses snouts as a result. For the body size, I calculated the skull-body ratio by dividing the mean and lower condylobasal length estimates to the total calculated length, which came with either a 1:4.6 or 1:4.9 ratio. (Unrelated to the drawing, the 1:4-5 ratio is based on using a body formula for Physeter and Kogia spp.. If you use the upper Livyatan melvillei /Zygophyseter varolai estimates as reference, a ratio of 1:5.9 and total length of 8.6 meters is calculated) I don't know any of the advanced formulas some of you guys probably do know about and simply used division, so my calculations might not be the most accurate ones. I also put in a diver for scale this time! EXTRAS
  2. Hey guys, since we were on the topic of mammoth/mastodo ivory in the I.D forum, I was wondering if we could quickly talk about Schreger lines. I have found several small ivory fragments with Schreger lines and was looking through articles the other day about them and ID'ing ivory. I saw a picture of a cross section of sperm whale ivory and noticed some lines. I wanted to know are these Schreger as well or are they limited to only those in the Proboscidea order. Below is the picture, a picture of my best ivory chunk, and a link to the website I was looking at. https://www.fws.gov/lab/ivory_natural.php#whale
  3. Raptorial Physeteroid Incisor (Chile)

    From the album Marine Mammals

    Scaldicetus sp? Found in Atacama Desert Region 3 of Chile Dated Messinian Stage of Miocene (≈7 mya) Measures 14 cm (5.5 inches)
  4. Sperm whale tooth?

    Found this in a Miocene area. It is 1 1/2" long. Is this a sperm whale tooth? Thank you.
  5. KogiopsisFloridana

    From the album PeaceRiver 2014-2015 Season

    KogiopsisFloridana, PeaceRiver Fm., Hawthorn Gr., Age 2.2 - 2.6 MYA, Arcadia Florida, Maximum size 5 inch Pygmy Sperm Whale tooth found Mar. 7th, 2015
  6. Sperm Whale Tooth

    From the album Justin's Shark Teeth

    A sperm whale tooth
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