By: Ogo A. Bellard
Amidst the echo of crashing waves and seagulls in a cave on Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay, South Africa, anthropologist Curtis Marean co-director of a team of archaeologists stares outward to the deep swells of the Indian Ocean. Perhaps in a brief quiet contemplation that this...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: Cindy Abbate
Even the largest whale moves through the sea with amazing grace. There are more than 80 living species of whales. There are two distinct groups of these aquatic mammals. Mysticetes, including most of the large whales that feed through comb like plates extending downwards from...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: Kallie Szczepanski
Modern whales are amazing animals, perfectly evolved for life in the sea. Whales have blow-holes rather than nostrils, flippers and flukes in place of legs, ears and voices that work underwater, and large brains. They live in complex social groups, and communicate with an array...
The importance of the Galapagos Islands in explaining Darwin's theory of evolution
By: Todd Christian
Two months before he turned 23, Charles Darwin left his parents' home in England to set out on a three-year sea voyage that not only changed his life, but also altered the course of science and spawned a debate that continues to this day.The...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: Tammy L Mahan
It is hard to imagine that the largest mammal in the world, the whale that swims through the deep blue seas was once the size of a large dog and walked on all four legs on land. Many evolutionists still have difficulty accepting that idea...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: Rachel Mcclain
Imagine the idea of strapping a leash onto a whale, if you could tame him that is, and taking him out for a walk. 52 million years ago, if whales hadn't started evolving, getting larger and losing their land legs, you just might have been...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: R. Renee Bembry
A wealth of intermediate fossils uncovered over the last two decades provide transitional feature documentation indicating a return-to-water evolution occurred sending animals from dry land to dwell in the oceans; the complete reverse of the influx of animals that swam from oceans to reside on...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: Lisa Bruno
Whales are nature's most majestic and gentle creatures. The beautiful whales we know today are very different from their ancestors who inhabited the earth millions of years ago.Although it has been difficult for scientists to undoubtedly pinpoint the whales' closest ancestors, they previously believed...
The importance of the Galapagos Islands in explaining Darwin's theory of evolution
By: Kallie Szczepanski
When Charles Darwin set out on his great voyage aboard the Beagle in 1831, he believed what everyone knew at that time: that species were immutable, unchanging through time. What he saw on the Galapagos Islands gave the young man pause to reconsider this bit...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: Ann Thrower
The direct evolution of whales is as ancient and mysterious as the seas in which they roam. Yet there are, in fact, a number of vital clues providing an answer to the most important question about them. How did these large-brained mammals- air-breathing, warm-blooded and...

 

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