"Cetaceans (including modern whales, dolphins, and porpoises) have become one of the most frequently cited examples of macroevolution. The fossil record documenting their transition from terrestrial ancestors has exploded in recent decades, providing a series of transitional fossils that demonstrates how the earliest cetaceans adapted to life in water. But the fossils are only part of the story. Lines of evidence from other fields (including comparative anatomy, development, genetics, biogeography, and stable isotope analysis) provide additional details about the evolution of cetaceans. While these varied disciplines highlight distinct facets of this remarkable transition, together they create a compelling and remarkable case of large-scale evolutionary change."
BioLogos Voices speaker Ryan Bebej will present "The Remarkable Tale of the Whale: Fossils, DNA, Isotopes, and the Many Facets of Cetacean Evolution" as a part of Calvin College's Christian Perspectives in Science seminar series.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Science Building—Room 110
3201 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546