Unformatted text preview: mesony-chids . In the Himalayan foothills of Northern Pakistan Gingrich discovered a partial braincase of a wolf-sized creature (later named Pakicetus) that bore familiar characteristics of cetaceans. Although it lacked the autonomy to hear directionally in water it clearly had cetacean ear traits. Located in Egypt were the first findings of tiny vestigial hind legs belonging to basilosaurus , a 60 foot long sea snake of a whale; first evidence of cetacean feet. More findings such as a 48 million year old skeleton with large feet and a powerful tail leaned towards strong swimming skills but sturdy leg bones and mobile shoulder and elbow joints suggests an ability to move on land, perfect intermediacy between whales and terrestrial ancestors....
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- Chemistry, whales, Leigh Van Valen, Josh Eusebio, Paleontologist Leigh Van, fact whales