Mysticetes


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Mysticetes

baleen whales; 11 species including the blue whale.
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Coronulid whale barnacles did not appear in the fossil record until approximately 23 million years ago (Newman and Ross, 1976; Seilacher, 2005), after the appearance of Mysticetes and Odontocetes in the fossil record approximately 35 million years ago.
Paleontologists have long thought that Mysticetes and Odontocetes represent separate evolutionary lines that split from a group of ancestral toothed whales some 40 million years ago.
denticrenatus represents a "missing link" that fits somewhere between ancient toothed whales and the first known fossils of the toothless Mysticetes, says Mitchell, who suggests filter feeding in whales first developed in forms with notched teeth.
When whaling was almost done with mysticetes in the North Pacific, a widespread style of catching occurred which was ruinous for baleen whales; the main point of this was as follows.