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

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) have involved and bewildered people all through heritage. Their mammalian affinities were lengthy famous, yet precisely which staff of terrestrial mammals they descend from has, till lately, remained at midnight. contemporary a long time have produced a flurry of recent fossil cetaceans, extending their fossil background to over 50 million years in the past. in addition to new insights from genetics and developmental experiences, those discoveries have helped to elucidate where of cetaceans between mammals, and enriched our realizing in their designated diversifications for feeding, locomotion and sensory structures. Their continually bettering fossil list and successive transformation into hugely really expert marine mammals have made cetaceans a textbook case of evolution - as iconic in its personal approach because the foundation of birds from dinosaurs. This publication goals to summarize our present realizing of cetacean evolution for the intense pupil and beginner utilizing images, drawings, charts and illustrations.

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