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Getting a Leg Up on Whale and Dolphin Evolution

September 24, 2009

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A comprehensive study that builds on previous phylogenetic research on cetaceans and that combines morphology, genetics and behavior confirms that the closest living relative is the hippopotamus and demonstrates that the closest fossil relative is Indohyus. These evolutionary relationships imply that stem whales adapted to water first, and then to carnivory. Full Story

American Museum of Natural History

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