Whale evolution classic paper

Dorudon atrox, a proto-whale from about 35 million years ago

Dorudon atrox, a proto-whale from about 35 million years ago

In 2001, J.G.M. Thewissen and Sunil Baptai summarized the various whale fossils that during the 1990s took whale evolution from a mystery to a well understood evolutionary process. See “Whale Origins as a poster child for macroevolution” (PDF). Especially exciting was when they pointed out, “Some hundreds of individuals are known” and when they explained how isotopes of oxygen can tell us whether bones were formed by marine or fresh-water organisms.

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