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Spying on whales: an extract from Nick Pyenson's new book

Nick Pyenson

Curator, Fossil Marine Mammals, Smithsonian Institution

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Pakicetus, a land-dwelling early whale, swims in 50 million year-old streambed. Illustration by Alex Boersma, alexboersma.com
Blue whale jaws bones -- the largest specimens in the world -- as they appear in the Smithsonian's collections. Illustration by Alex Boersma, alexboersma.com

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