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Basilosaurus

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2023-07-18 Snargl 2 minutes 22 seconds

Where does the Basilosaurus live?

Whale swimming in the ocean with sunbeams above it and corals below it
Large whale swimming in a blue ocean with sunbeams above it's head and a body of water below it
Large whale is jumping out of the water with palm trees in the background
Shark swimming in the ocean with sunbeams above it and corals below it
Large whale swimming in the ocean with a sunbeam in the background
Large whale swimming in the ocean with a lot of corals and trees around it's edges
Basilosaurus was a genus of prehistoric whales that lived in the late Eocene, about 41.3 to 33.9 million years ago.
They were among the first fully aquatic cetaceans and had a snake-like body shape.

Basilosaurus fossils have been found in North America, Eurasia, and Africa, indicating that they were widespread in the ancient Tethys Ocean.
Some of the most famous fossil sites are in the southeastern United States, such as Alabama and Louisiana, where Basilosaurus was first discovered and named.
Another important fossil site is the Wadi al-Hitan (Valley of the Whales) in Egypt, where many skeletons of Basilosaurus and its prey, the smaller whale Dorudon, have been preserved.

Basilosaurus was the largest mammal of its time and reached a length of about 18 meters.
It had a small head, a long neck, and a powerful tail with a fluke.
It also had tiny hind limbs that were probably useless for swimming, but may have helped in mating.

Basilosaurus was a top predator that fed on fish, sharks, and other marine mammals.
It had different types of teeth, such as canines and molars, that allowed it to chew its food.
It also had a flexible jaw that could open wide to swallow large prey.

Basilosaurus was an amazing animal that shows how whales evolved from land mammals to sea creatures.
It was one of the most successful and diverse groups of cetaceans in the Eocene, but it went extinct at the end of the epoch, probably due to climate change and competition from other whales.
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What does the Basilosaurus look like?

Whale swimming in the ocean with a fish nearby on a sunny day with sunbeams and a fish
Whale swimming in the ocean with a sunbeam above it and fish swimming around it, with a background
Large whale swimming in the ocean with a lot of fish around it's neck and mouth open
Whale swimming in the ocean with other fish around it and sunlight shining on the water's surface
Large whale swimming through a forest filled with fish and corals
Basilosaurus was a prehistoric whale that lived about 40 million years ago.

It had a long, slender body that could reach up to 21 meters (70 feet) in length.

It had a small head with a long snout and heterodont teeth, meaning it had different types of teeth for different purposes.

It had a pair of tiny hind limbs that were useless for swimming, and a powerful tail fluke that propelled it through the water.

It had smooth skin that was probably dark on the back and light on the belly, like modern whales.

Basilosaurus was a top predator that fed on fish and other marine mammals.
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