The Ecological Rise of Whales Chronicled by the Fossil Record

@article{Pyenson2017TheER,
  title={The Ecological Rise of Whales Chronicled by the Fossil Record},
  author={Nicholas D. Pyenson},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2017},
  volume={27},
  pages={R558-R564}
}
  • N. Pyenson
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
The evolution of cetaceans is one of the best examples of macroevolution documented from the fossil record. While ecological transitions dominate each phase of cetacean history, this context is rarely stated explicitly. The first major ecological phase involves a transition from riverine and deltaic environments to marine ones, concomitant with dramatic evolutionary transformations documented in their early fossil record. The second major phase involves ecological shifts associated with… Expand
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