The origin and early evolution of whales: macroevolution documented on the Indian Subcontinent

  title={The origin and early evolution of whales: macroevolution documented on the Indian Subcontinent},
  author={Sunil Bajpai and J. G. M. Thewissen and Ashok Sahni},
  journal={Journal of Biosciences},
The origin of whales (order Cetacea) from a four-footed land animal is one of the best understood examples of macroevolutionary change. This evolutionary transition has been substantially elucidated by fossil finds from the Indian subcontinent in the past decade and a half. Here, we review the first steps of whale evolution, i.e. the transition from a land mammal to obligate marine predators, documented by the Eocene cetacean families of the Indian subcontinent: Pakicetidae, Ambulocetidae… 

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