Nuevos restos de Scaldicetus (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Physeteridae) del Mioceno superior, sector occidental de la Cuenca del Guadalquivir (sur de España)

  1. Antonio Toscano Grande
  2. Manuel Abad de los Santos
  3. Francisco Ruiz Muñoz
  4. Fernando Muñiz Guinea
  5. Genaro Álvarez García
  6. Edith Xio Mara García
  7. José Antonio Caro Gómez
Revista mexicana de ciencias geológicas

ISSN: 1026-8774 2007-2902

Year of publication: 2013

Volume: 30

Issue: 2

Pages: 436-445

Type: Article

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  • Year 2013
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.969
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.813
  • Article influence score: 0.326
  • Best Quartile: Q3
  • Area: GEOSCIENCES, MULTIDISCIPLINARY Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 123/174 (Ranking edition: SCIE)

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  • Year 2013
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.459
  • Best Quartile: Q2
  • Area: Geology Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 103/276

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  • Year 2013
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The Physeteridae family is one of the basal branches in odontocete cetaceans. At the present, it is only represented by three species belonging to the genus Physeter and Kogia, although it includes numerous extinct genera as Scaldicetus. From a systematic point of view, Scaldicetus is one of the most common and problematic group of the extinct subfamily Hoplocetinae during the Neogene. It is considered a polyphyletic genus and its taxonomic use has been relegated to the identification of isolated teeth. Two dental pieces identified as Scaldicetus found in two late Miocene units of the western sector of the Guadalquivir Basin (south of Spain) have been analyzed in this work. The sedimentological and palaeontological analysis of the facies indicates littoral to open marine environments with profuse potential preys for Scaldicetus. The morphological characteristics and the heterogeneous palaeobiogeographic and ecological distribution of Scaldicetus denote that this taxon occupied an ecological niche similar to that of Orcinus orca at present. This paper constitutes the first systematic review of Odontocetes fossils in Southern Spain and contributes new data about the understanding of this controversial genus.