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noun & adjectiveZoology
- ‘Both the mysticetes and odontocetes are thought to be descendants of the archaeocetes.’
- ‘Curiously, while sperm whales unquestionably have teeth, recent molecular data and a reanalysis of their anatomy has suggested that they may be highly derived mysticetes.’
- ‘This anatomic geometry supports the idea of acoustic frequency filtering and channeling functions in odontocetes and low frequency hearing in mysticetes.’
- ‘The throats of balaenids are smooth, lacking the furrows or grooves of some other mysticetes.’
- ‘Interestingly, the late Oligocene whale Aetiocetus, from Oregon, has skull and jaw features typical of baleen whales, and is considered to be the earliest mysticete - yet it also bore a full set of teeth.’
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