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 famous, yet precisely which crew of terrestrial mammals they descend from has, till lately, remained at nighttime. contemporary many years have produced a flurry of recent fossil cetaceans, extending their fossil background to over 50 million years in the past. besides new insights from genetics and developmental stories, those discoveries have helped to elucidate where of cetaceans between mammals, and enriched our realizing in their precise diversifications for feeding, locomotion and sensory structures. Their continually enhancing fossil checklist and successive transformation into hugely really good marine mammals have made cetaceans a textbook case of evolution - as iconic in its personal means because the starting place of birds from dinosaurs. This e-book goals to summarize our present knowing of cetacean evolution for the intense scholar and beginner utilizing photos, drawings, charts and illustrations.
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Atlantic Puerto Madryn, Argentina Tethys North Sea St. A. & Canada 5 Stage Ionian Calabrian E 0 Quat. Period Pliocene Pleist. 11. 55 Frontier Province) and the Sulaiman Mountains of Pakistan, and the Kutch area of India, all of which expose claystones, siltstones, and limestones that were deposited in the Tethys—the shallow sea that originally separated India from Asia proper. The oldest rocks in the region that contain fossil whales are Early Eocene (Ypresian) in age, and belong to the Kuldana and Kohat formations in Pakistan, and the Subathu and Panandhro forma tions in India.
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