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Cetartiodactylan Diversity, Evolution, and Adaptations

Annalisa Berta

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780520270572
eISBN:
9780520951440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270572.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The origin and evolutionary history of cetartiodactylans, which include cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and their extinct ungulate relatives, is explored in this chapter. The excellent ... More


Fin Whales

Quentin R. Walsh

in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034799
eISBN:
9780813039688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034799.003.0013
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The fin whale is one of the Mystacoceti, or baleen whales. It belongs to the family Balaenopteridae, which is distinguished by the following characteristics: a dorsal fin is present; the ventral ... More


Right Whales

Quentin R. Walsh

in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034799
eISBN:
9780813039688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034799.003.0014
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The right whale is one of the Mystacoceti or whalebone whales, having no teeth. The term right whale is believed to have descended to the present time from ancient whaling, when this animal was ... More


Factory Equipment: The Grinder, Hartman, and Bone Systems

Quentin R. Walsh

in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034799
eISBN:
9780813039688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034799.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

All the parts of the whales except the baleen were processed for oil. Blubber, meat, and bone were boiled down, the oil was drained off, and the residue was blown overboard. The grinder or Kvarner ... More


Of Whales and Sharks and Giant Squid: Reflections on the Big, The Strange, and the Powerful

Wolf H. Berger

in Ocean: Reflections on a Century of Exploration

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247789
eISBN:
9780520942547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247789.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Aquatic Biology

This chapter focuses on the large animals found in the sea. It describes their evolutionary history and patterns of behavior such as feeding, breeding, and migration. Cetaceans as a group (whales and ... More


The Bearduck of Baleen: On the Origin of New Traits from Existing Ones

Charles R. Ault

in Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501704673
eISBN:
9781501705861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704673.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter examines the origin of incipient traits by focusing on Charles Darwin's ideas. Darwin's musings on the origins of whales find their place sandwiched between Rudyard Kipling's comic ... More


The Higgledy-Piggledy Whale: Leviathan’s Walk, Paddle, and Gallop to the Sea

Charles R. Ault

in Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501704673
eISBN:
9781501705861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704673.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter examines where the whales came from and how they entered the sea. Based on fossil evidence, landlubber whales preceded blubbered whales. By some higgledy-piggledy process (formally known ... More


A tale of two whales: putting physiological tools to work for North Atlantic and southern right whales

Kathleen E. Hunt, Alejandro Fernández Ajó, Carley Lowe, Elizabeth A. Burgess, and C. Loren Buck

in Conservation Physiology: Applications for Wildlife Conservation and Management

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198843610
eISBN:
9780191879401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198843610.003.0012
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology, Ecology

Conservation physiology tools can be difficult to employ in the wild. Here we discuss developments in conservation physiology research of large whales, a taxonomic group that is famously difficult to ... More


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