|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2019|
Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection, yet there is still so much we don't know about them. Why did it take whales over 50 million years to evolve to such big sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors return from land to the sea? Even more importantly, will whales survive? Here Nick Pyenson takes us deep inside the Smithsonian's unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found, all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth.
"[This book] represents the best of science writing. The subject is inherently fascinating, the author is an authentic scientist by virtue of his personal research on the subject, and the text reads like the epic it truly is."—Edward O. Wilson