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Ambulocetus

Line breaks: Am¦bulo|cetus
Pronunciation: /ˌambjʊlə(ʊ)ˈsiːtəs
 
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Definition of Ambulocetus in English:

noun

A cetacean of the Eocene epoch that had fore and hind limbs and could walk on land.
Example sentences
  • Even more disturbing is the fact that fossils of Ambulocetus were found in strata at or above the stratigraphic levels where whale fossils were found.
  • Then paleontologists working in Pakistan found the fossil of a 45-million year old whale named Ambulocetus that looked in life like a furry crocodile.
  • Paleontologists have found complete skeletons of creatures such as the 45 million year old Ambulocetus.

Origin

modern Latin, from Latin ambulare 'to walk' + cetus 'whale'.

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