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On the Evolution of Whales

An article in quotes research by Hans Thewissen, Ph.D., on how ancient deer lost their legs and became whales. The story refers to research published in Dr. Thewissen’s 2019 book The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years.

Dr. Thewissen is the Ingalls-Brown Professor of Anatomy. He studies fossil whales in order to answer questions about their evolution, in particular about how whales originated from land animals.

Read the article.