Welcome to Whale of a Tail!
The Whale of a Tail project explores how evolution has shaped
the body plans and bone structures of marine mammals. You
will learn what evolution by natural selection is, what defines a
marine mammal, and how marine mammals share ancestors
with terrestrial mammals. We use our skeleton collection to show
examples of homologous and vestigial structures and describe
how adaptation to the marine environment has shaped the body
plan of marine mammals.
We invite you to explore these concepts with us. Start with the
evolution page and move forward from there. To explore these
concepts via a live connection with a scientist-educator, visit our
Live Lab page.