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Mark H
A terrific popular article on the evolution of whales « Why Evolution Is True - http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012...
A terrific popular article on the evolution of whales « Why Evolution Is True
A terrific popular article on the evolution of whales « Why Evolution Is True
A terrific popular article on the evolution of whales « Why Evolution Is True
"I’ve put [above] the diagram of whale evolution I use [...] Note that not only do we see all sorts of intermediate stages, but independent dating of those fossils shows them to occur in the precise temporal order expected if they were transitional forms. (The tree [above] shows the time when each form diverged from its ancestor.) The rear legs get smaller, the nostrils move atop the head to form the blowhole, the earholes and hair disappear, a new auditory apparatus forms, the pelvis separates from the spine, and so on." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"But it’s described even better in a new article in National Geographic, “Valley of the whales,” by Tom Mueller [...] It’s a wonderful combination of travelogue and scientific exposition of one of our best transitional series, and it’s extremely well written. It describes my colleague Phil Gingerich and his team’s work in the Wadi Hitan, a desolate section of the Egyptian desert only 100 miles from the Pyramids of Giza. There (and also in Pakistan) lies a rich treasure of early whale fossils. Mueller describes the scene, the finds, and what scientists now know about the evolution of whales from artiodactyls." - Mark H
Love it; thanks, Mark. - Jenny H.