A new early whale, Aegicetus gehennae, and the evolution of modern whale locomotion

December 11, 2019 - General

A newly discovered fossil whale represents a new species and an important step in the evolution of whale locomotion, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Philip Gingerich of the University of Michigan and colleagues.

Cervical and thoracic vertebrae of Aegicetus. Compared with earlier whales, Aegicetus has a more elongated body
and tail and smaller back legs, and it lacks a firm connection between the…

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