Severe Bone Loss as Part of the Life History Strategy of Bowhead Whales

Abstract

The evolution of baleen constituted a major evolutionary change that made it possible for baleen whales to reach enormous body sizes while filter feeding on tiny organisms and migrating over tremendous distances. Bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) live in the Arctic where the annual cycle of increasing and decreasing ice cover affects their habitat, prey… (More)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156753

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@inproceedings{George2016SevereBL, title={Severe Bone Loss as Part of the Life History Strategy of Bowhead Whales}, author={J. Craig George and Raphaela Stimmelmayr and Robert S. Suydam and Sharon E Usip and Geof Givens and Todd L. Sformo and J. G. M. Thewissen}, booktitle={PloS one}, year={2016} }