The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million by J. G. M. "Hans" Thewissen

By J. G. M. "Hans" Thewissen

Hans Thewissen, a number one researcher within the box of whale paleontology and anatomy, supplies a sweeping first-person account of the discoveries that delivered to mild the early fossil list of whales. As evidenced within the list, whales advanced from herbivorous forest-dwelling ancestors that resembled tiny deer to carnivorous monsters stalking lakes and rivers and to serpentlike denizens of the coast.

Thewissen reviews on his discoveries within the wilds of India and Pakistan, weaving a story that finds the day by day adventures of fossil assortment, enriching it with neighborhood flavors from South Asian tradition and society. The reader senses the buzz of the digs in addition to the pains confronted by way of medical researchers, for whom each one new perception supplies upward push to much more questions, and for whom now and then the logistics of simply staying alive may well trump all science.

In his look for an knowing of ways glossy whales dwell their lives, Thewissen additionally trips to Japan and Alaska to check whales and wild dolphins. He reveals solutions to his questions on fossils through learning the anatomy of otters and porpoises and analyzing whale embryos less than the microscope. within the book's ultimate bankruptcy, Thewissen argues for coming near near whale evolution with the main robust instruments we have now and for combining the entire fields of technology in pursuit of knowledge.

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