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Volume 42 - Number 3 - 2007

Findings of fossil remains of Hyperoodon sp. (Cetacea, Ziphiidae) in Galician coasts (NW Spain)

Ismael Miján1


1 Sociedade Galega de Historia Natural, Vila do Conde, 7 – 14 D 15406 Ferrol. A Coruña, España




The frequent finding of fossil data of cetaceans in the Galician deep seas reveals us the existence of a very important cetacean paleontological deposit that placement is over 300 meters deep. Moreover the discovering of Globicephalinae  rostra, mysticets tympanics and other rests highly degraded, the findings of two Hyperoodon sp. skulls from Miocene which are in a excellent conservation condition suppose one of the rare evidences of the primitive Hyperoodon and probably it means new species no described yet more plesiomorfic than known ones in this genre


Key words: Miocene, Galicia, new species



1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
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