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  • noun Plural form of pakicetid.


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  • In fact we also now know that pakicetids had the double-pulley astragalus regarded as unique to artiodactyls, so now it seems that artiodactyls and cetaceans were closer to one another than cetaceans were to mesonychians.

    Archive 2006-02-01 Darren Naish 2006

  • Far from being seal-like protowhales, pakicetids – the most basal members of the cetacean radiation – were more like carnivorous little antelopes, though presumably they spent at least some time in shallow water.

    Archive 2006-02-01 Darren Naish 2006

  • In contrast to pakicetids, Ambulocetus had a narrow snout and laterally directed orbits, relatively short legs, and an overall robust skeleton.

    Archive 2006-02-01 Darren Naish 2006


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