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Takracetus is a primitive cetacean that assumed by evolutionists to be lived approximately 45 million years ago. Its name comes from the radical 'Takra': courageous, strong; name for a tributary stream or valley in the Vidor Nala drainage and 'cetus' whale.[1] The type specimen (GSP-UM 3041) was a partial skull[2] though there is a second more complete skeleton found in literature.[3] According to Geisler et. al., the specimens of Takracetus simus found are fragmentary and do not preserve sufficient anatomical features to adequately place them in a phylogenetic hypothesis.[4]


  1. "Takracetus simus". Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  2. Gingerich, Philip D.; Arif, Muhammad; Clyde, William C. (1995). "New Archaeocetes (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Middle Eocene Domanda formation of the Sulaiman range, Pun Jab (Pakistan)". Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology (The University of Michigan) 29 (11): 291-330. 
  3. Richard C. Hulbert, Jr., Richard M. Petkewich, Gale A. Bishop, David Bukry, David P. Aleshire (1998) A New Middle Eocene Protocetid Whale (Mammalia: Cetacea: Archaeoceti) and Associated Biota from Georgia. Journal of Paleontology 72(5): 907-927.
  4. Geisler, Jonathan H.; Sanders, Albert E.; Luo, Zhe-Xi (July 2005). "A New Protocetid Whale (Cetacea: Archaeoceti) from the Late Middle Eocene of South Carolina". American Museum Novitates (New York: American Museum of Natural History) (3480). ISSN 003-0082. 

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