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1 June 2006 EOCENE AND OLIGOCENE SIRENIANS (MAMMALIA) FROM KACHCHH, INDIA
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Discoveries of three species of Eocene sirenians in District Kachchh, State of Gujarat, India, are reported. A species of the protosirenid Protosiren is represented by cranial and postcranial material, and the halitheriine dugongid Eosiren is represented by a poorly preserved mandible. Neither of these can be identified at the specific level. A new species of haltheriine dugongids is described: Eotheroides babiae, n. sp. The species is based on a lower jaw with teeth. Another new fossil sirenian is reported from the Oligocene (Chattian) Maniyara Fort Formation. The new species, Bharatisiren indica, n. sp., is based on a well-preserved skull, mandibles, and several postcranial specimens. Bharatisiren is a basal dugongine dugongid, close to previously described Bharatisiren kachchhensis and possibly near the origin of the modern genus Dugong.
SUNIL BAJPAI, J. G. M. THEWISSEN, VIVESH VIR KAPUR, B. N. TIWARI and ASHOK SAHNI "EOCENE AND OLIGOCENE SIRENIANS (MAMMALIA) FROM KACHCHH, INDIA," Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(2), (1 June 2006). https://doi.org/10.1671/0272-4634(2006)26[400:EAOSMF]2.0.CO;2
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