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Dinosaur Jungle   >   Other Prehistoric Animals   >   Odobenocetops



Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Mammalia
  Order Cetacea
  Suborder Odontoceti
  Superfamily Delphinoidea
  Family Odobenocetopsidae
  Genus Odobenocetops
Odobenocetops was a small whale that lived about 2 million yesrs ago during the Pliocene. It had two tusks (its name means "walrus-faced whale"), and in some fossils, one tusk was longer than the other.

Odobenocetops was about 7 feet (2.1 meters long), and had a very flexible neck, allowing it to turn its neck up to 90°. It is believed to have been a bottom-feeder, and may have used its tusk(s) to help search out food.

It is thought that Odobenocetops may have been among the prey of the prehistoric giant shark, Carcharodon megalodon.

Odobenocetops Timeline:

Odobenocetops was a small whale that lived about 2 million years ago during the Pliocene epoch

Odobenocetops was a small whale that lived about 2 million years ago during the Pliocene epoch

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