Pakicetus BW

The first whale. Don't say it's a dog.

Pakicetus is an early cetacean and the first "whale". 


Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Animalia

Superphylum: Deuterostomia 

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Superclass: Tetrapoda

Class: Mammalia 

Subclass: Theria

Infraclass: Eutheria

Superorder: Laurasiatheria

Clade: Cetartiodactyla

Order: Cetacea

Family: Pakicetidea

Genus: Pakicetus


up to medium dog size [T98]; nares at tip of snout [T+01] or over incisors [T98]; lacrimal foramen present [T+01]; $orbits closely spaced and "frontated," i.e. face dorsally, but are not at most dorsal point of skull [T+01] [T98]; hypoglossal foramen separate from jugular foramen [T98]; external auditory meatus opens low on skull as in land animals.