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Odobenocetopsidae

Odobenocetops

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Family

Order

Class

Odobenocetopsidae

Artiodactyla

Mammalia

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Description

The family of Odobenocetopsidae contains just a single genus: Odobenocetops. These extinct toothed whales are closely related to species like porpoises, narwhal and beluga. It shows an astonishing feeding adaption in which they probably fed on molluscs, sucking them out of the sea bottom and removed the shells with their powerful tongue. The tusks, on the other hand, probably didn’t play a role in their feeding behaviour and were potentially used by males for social competition.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Fossils of Odobenocetops have solely been found in Peru in South America.

Species

There are two species of Odobenocetops currently known to science. They probably differed in hunting technique; O. leptodon probably hunted by echolocation, while O. peruvianus by binocular vision.