Decoupling Tooth Loss from the Evolution of Baleen in Whales

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Peredo, Carlos Mauricio; Pyenson, Nicholas D.; Boersma, Alexandra T.;

Baleen whales, or mysticetes, include the largest vertebrates to have ever evolved. Their gigantism, evolutionary success, and ecological diversity have been linked to filter feeding. Mysticetes filter feed using elaborate keratinous baleen plates, which grow from the p... View more
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