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Author Thewissen, J. G. M. author.

Title The walking whales : from land to water in eight million years / J.G.M. "Hans" Thewissen ; with illustrations by Jacqueline Dillard.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    569.5 THE    Available
Description ix, 245 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-231) and index.
Contents A wasted dig -- Fish, mammal, or dinosaur? -- A whale with legs -- Learning to swim -- When the mountains grew -- Passage to India -- A trip to the beach -- The otter whale -- The ocean is a desert -- The skeleton puzzle -- The river whales -- Whales conquer the world -- From embryos to evolution -- Before whales -- The way forward.
Summary "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.
Subject Whales, Fossil -- Pakistan.
Whales, Fossil -- India.
Whales -- Evolution.
Paleontology -- Pakistan.
Paleontology -- India.
Added Author Dillard, Jacqueline, illustrator.
ISBN 9780520277069 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520277066 (hbk. : alk. paper)

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