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New Protocetid Whale from the Middle Eocene of Pakistan: Birth on Land, Precocial Development, and Sexual Dimorphism

  • Philip D. Gingerich mail,

    gingeric@umich.edu

    Affiliation: Museum of Paleontology and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Munir ul-Haq,

    Affiliation: Geological Survey of Pakistan, Quetta, Pakistan

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  • Wighart von Koenigswald,

    Affiliation: Steinmann-Institut für Geologie, Mineralogie und Paläontologie, Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

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  • William J. Sanders,

    Affiliation: Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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  • B. Holly Smith,

    Affiliation: Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Iyad S. Zalmout

    Affiliation: Museum of Paleontology and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Published: February 04, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004366
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

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Steps taken to meet the requirements of the ICZN to make new taxonomic names nomenclaturally available

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 22 May 2009 at 22:42 GMT

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