Middle to Late Eocene Basilosaurines and Dorudontines

  • Mark D. Uhen
Part of the Advances in Vertebrate Paleobiology book series (AIVP, volume 1)


The study of Eocene whales in North American began when Dr. Richard Harlan described some bones from Louisiana near the Ouachita River (Harlan, 1834). Harlan compared the bones, which included a very large and strange vertebra, with other large extinct creatures known at the time and concluded that it was a very large reptile of sorts and named it Basilosaurus or “king lizard.”


Hind Limb Type Specimen Lumbar Vertebra Cervical Vertebra Middle Eocene 
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