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- noun (Paleon.) A genus of fossil whales belonging to the Phocodontia; -- so called because their teeth are serrated, like a shark's.
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- noun paleontology Any of a
genusof extinct whaleswith serrated teeth, belonging to the Squalodontidae.
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Squalus ("a genus of sharks") + Ancient Greek ὀδών (odōn, "tooth"), alternative form of ὀδούς (odous, "tooth").
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The one on the right is Ed's, devolving (apparently) from a squalodon to a pakicetus.
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A genus of fossil cetaceans found in Miocene and early Pliocene formations; a cetacean belonging to this genus.
Usage: "The tertiary Zeuglodon and Squalodon...are considered by Professor Huxley to be undoubtedly cetaceans." 1872, DARWIN "Origin of Species" (6th ed.) xi. 302
See also prosqualodon.
February 2, 2007