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Return to the Sea: The Life and Evolutionary Times of Marine Mammals

Annalisa Berta

Abstract

Return to the Sea portrays the life and evolutionary times of marine mammals from giant whales and sea cows that originated fifty-five million years ago and walked on land to deep-diving elephant seals and clam-eating walruses of modern times. Some animals, like the hippo-sized herbivorous desmostylians and aquatic sloths, were evolutionary experiments that did not survive. This fascinating account of the origin of various marine mammal lineages, written for the nonspecialist, is set against a backdrop of geologic time, changing climates and geography. The thread of evolution runs through the ... More

Keywords: marine mammals, evolution, diversity, adaptations, nonspecialist, conservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520270572
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520270572.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annalisa Berta, author