SPYING ON WHALES:


SPYING ON WHALES:

NICK PYENSON    Book Number: 89403    Product format: Paperback

Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, widest ranging and deepest diving species to have ever lived. We have hunted them for thousands of years, some species almost to extinction, and they feature in the mythology of countless human cultures, inspiring terror, awe and affection - yet we know barely anything about them. One person who knows more than practically anybody is top palaeontologist Nick Pyenson, curator of fossil marine animals at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Widely published in both scientific and popular journals, he has also led over a dozen scientific expeditions to every continent on Earth and has at his fingertips the Smithsonian's unparalleled fossil collection. With all this expertise he takes us to every marine environment there is from the poles to the deepest trenches and also sites on terra firma, such as Cerro Ballena in the desert in Chile, the largest fossil whalebone site ever discovered. His illuminating narrative takes us through whales' evolution from large land mammals, their fossil history and what happens when they die, whale biology, limitations, feeding and behaviour and the future for cetaceans and their study. Pyenson has a knack of combining high science with the everyday, be he supping with the devil on a whaling ship in order to get otherwise unobtainable tissue samples to walking with his son on the beach or painstakingly removing tiny fragments of bone from a vast dustbowl - utterly engrossing and endlessly engaging stuff. 322pp paperback with b/w illus.
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ISBN 9780008244477
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