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
Characteristics: ix, 245 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Dillard, Jacqueline - Illustrator

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Weyes2Wonder
Apr 16, 2018

Science's lack of missing links, between terrestrial and aquatic mammals, has been a lightning rod for Creationist's argument against Evolution.
Until recently.
Now they'll have to dig deeper than the busy paleontologists.... for any counterpoint.
"The Walking Whales" is a fascinating exploration into the world of fossil identification.
But this isn't just a.... manuscript mapping the Mammalian march of multipolar morphogenesis to master the mobility of modern marine manifestations. Oh hell no.
It's how Hans honed a heterogeneous hypothesis into a homogenous hierarchy of humongous, inhaling hydrosphere inhabitants that hopefully its human hunters are heeding to hesitate in harvesting.

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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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