|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2018|
Evolving from dog-sized land creatures, whales move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, and live 200 years. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection, yet there is still so much we don't know about them. Looking for answers about these enigmatic creatures, the Smithsonian's Nick Pyenson goes deep inside the museum'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.
"This is a fantastic book. Nick Pyenson writes with a rare combination of passion, scientific insight, and knowledge of Deep Time. I couldn't put it down."—Sy Montgomery