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By Felix G. Marx, Olivier Lambert, Mark D. Uhen

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) have interested and bewildered people all through historical past. Their mammalian affinities were lengthy well-known, yet precisely which crew of terrestrial mammals they descend from has, until eventually lately, remained in the dead of night. fresh a long time have produced a flurry of latest fossil cetaceans, extending their fossil heritage to over 50 million years in the past. besides new insights from genetics and developmental experiences, those discoveries have helped to elucidate where of cetaceans between mammals, and enriched our realizing in their particular variations for feeding, locomotion and sensory platforms. Their continually enhancing fossil list and successive transformation into hugely really good marine mammals have made cetaceans a textbook case of evolution - as iconic in its personal approach because the starting place of birds from dinosaurs. This publication goals to summarize our present knowing of cetacean evolution for the intense pupil and novice utilizing photos, drawings, charts and illustrations.

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