Evolution of Whales

posted Apr 4, 2018, 4:11 PM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Jan 7, 2019, 9:05 AM ]

Let's dissect this cartoon a little bit.  What's accurate?  What's inaccurate?  Why is the whale walking?  And why is it walking back into the water?  What are the closest living relatives of the whales?

Go back to the UNIPROT website.  Do an HBA ALPHA search for the following animals:

Align the 12 organisms and study the family tree that is produced.  What is closely related to the whales?  What does that mean for the evolution of the whales?  What evidence would we see if this relationship is true?