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The emergence of whales : evolutionary patterns in the origin of cetacea

Author: J G M Thewissen
Publisher: New York, Plenum Press. ©1998
Series: Advances in vertebrate paleobiology.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides a snapshot of the research in whale origins. This book indicates that cetacean origins is a field that is multidisciplinary.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J G M Thewissen
ISBN: 0306458535 9780306458538
OCLC Number: 300450327
Description: xii, 477 p. : ill.
Contents: Ch. 1. Synopsis of the Earliest Cetaceans: Pakicetidae, Ambulocetidae, Remingtonocetidae, and Protocetidae / Ellen M. Williams --
Ch. 2. Middle to Late Eocene Basilosaurines and Dorudontines / Mark D. Uhen --
Ch. 3. Molecular Evidence for the Phylogenetic Affinities of Cetacea / John Gatesy --
Ch. 4. Cetaceans Are Highly Derived Artiodactyls / Michel C. Milinkovitch, Martine Berube and Per J. Palsboll --
Ch. 5. Phylogenetic and Morphometric Reassessment of the Dental Evidence for a Mesonychian and Cetacean Clade / Maureen A. O'Leary --
Ch. 6. Relationships of Cetacea to Terrestrial Ungulates and the Evolution of Cranial Vasculature in Cete / Jonathan H. Geisler and Zhexi Luo --
Ch. 7. Middle Eocene Cetaceans from the Harudi and Subathu Formations of India / Sunil Bajpai and J. G. M. Thewissen --
Ch. 8. Postcranial Osteology of the North American Middle Eocene Protocetid Georgiacetus / Richard C. Hulbert, Jr. --
Ch. 9. Homology and Transformation of Cetacean Ectotympanic Structures / Zhexi Luo --
Ch. 10. Biomechanical Perspective on the Origin of Cetacean Flukes / Frank E. Fish --
Ch. 11. Implications of Vertebral Morphology for Locomotor Evolution in Early Cetacea / Emily A. Buchholtz --
Ch. 12. Structural Adaptations of Early Archaeocete Long Bones / Sandra I. Madar --
Ch. 13. Evolution of Thermoregulatory Function in Cetacean Reproductive Systems / D. Ann Pabst, Sentiel A. Rommel and William A. McLellan --
Ch. 14. Isotopic Approaches to Understanding the Terrestrial-to-Marine Transition of the Earliest Cetaceans / Lois J. Roe, J. G. M. Thewissen and Jay Quade --
Ch. 15. Paleobiological Perspectives on Mesonychia, Archaeoceti, and the Origin of Whales / Philip D. Gingerich --
Ch. 16. Cetacean Origins: Evolutionary Turmoil during the Invasion of the Oceans / J. G. M. Thewissen.
Series Title: Advances in vertebrate paleobiology.
Responsibility: edited by J.G.M. Thewissen.
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