The Walking Whales

The Walking Whales

From Land to Water in Eight Million Years

Book - 2014
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"A ... first-person account of the discoveries that brought to light the early fossil record of whales. As evidenced in the record, whales evolved from herbivorous forest-dwelling ancestors that resembled tiny deer to carnivorous monsters stalking lakes and rivers and to serpentlike denizens of the coast. Thewissen reports on his discoveries in the wilds of India and Pakistan, weaving a narrative that reveals the day-to-day adventures of fossil collection, enriching it with local flavors from South Asian culture and society."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780520277069
0520277066
Branch Call Number: QE882.C5 T484 2014
Characteristics: ix, 245 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm

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Weyes2Wonder
Apr 16, 2018

From a diversity in water, specialize to land, diversify, then specialize back to water, and diversify again. 'Talk about indecision!
(Kiddin')
Paleontology's inability to provide the missing links between terrestrial and aquatic mammals has been a lightning rod for the Creationist argument against Evolution....
.......until a couple of decades ago.
They'll have to "dig" a little deeper for contention now. (if you'll forgive the juxtapositioned pun)
This is a fascinating exploration into the science of fossil identification.
The author competently conveys a compilation of complexly corealativer concepts into comprehensively commensurate cogency.
But this isn't just a story of the Mammalian "march" of multipolar morphogenesis to master the mobility of a modern marine manifestation. ( (if you'll forgive the precisely-integrated pun)
It's how Hans honed heterogeneous hypothesis into a harmoniously homogenous hierarchy of humongous, inhaling inhabitants harvesting the hydrosphere.

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ryner
Jul 15, 2016

For many years it was an accepted idea that whales evolved into sea-going creatures from terrestrial mammals, but physical evidence was scarce since so few fossils of ancient cetaceans were known. Then in 1991, while paleontologist Hans Thewissen was on a dig in Pakistan for unrelated land-dwelling mammals, he made a serendipitous discovery that not only began to fill in some of the holes in the fossil record, but also reveal the birthplace of whales. Thewissen's subsequent digs have unearthed even greater treasures. You need not be a paleontologist, biologist or anatomist to fully appreciate and devour this fascinating look at the latest discoveries in cetacean evolution.

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sfogs
Aug 31, 2015

Really, really interesting!

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