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Kentriodontidae
Kentriodon
Restoration of Kentriodon
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family †Kentriodontidae

Kentriodontidae is an extinct family of odontocet whales related to modern dolphins. The Family lived from the Oligocene to the Pliocene before going extinct.

Genus Kentriodon

Kentriodon is an extinct species of toothed whale. Fossils have been found in Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and the United States. Kentriodon was the most diverse of all the kentriodontids, which include three named species and five undescribed species. These were small to medium-sized odontocetes with largely symmetrical skulls, and thought likely to include ancestors of some modern species. Kentriodon is also the oldest described kentriodontid genus, reported from the Late Oligocene to the Middle Miocene. Kentriodontines ate small fish and other nectonic organisms; they are thought to have been active echolocators, and might have formed pods. The diversity, morphology and distribution of fossils appear parallel to some modern species.

Genera

Family Kentriodontidae

Subfamily Kentriodontinae

Belonodelphis
Delphinodon
Incacetus
Kentriodon 
Macrokentriodon
Microphocaena
Rudicetus
 R. squalodontoides
Tagicetus

Subfamily Lophocetinae

Hadrodelphis
Liolithax
Lophocetus

Subfamily Pithanodelphininae

Atocetus
Leptodelphis
Pithanodelphis
Sophianacetus

Subfamily incertae sedis

Sarmatodelphis
Kampholophos

Gallery

  • Restoration of Kentriodon
  • Rudicetus squalodontoides skull
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