My, what sharp teeth you have, Janjucetus. New research finds ancient whales like “The Juce” here had dentition more similar to land carnivores than today’s filter-feeders. (Credit: Nobu Tamura/Wikimedia Commons) The biggest animals on the planet right now are baleen whales, which upped their size thanks to efficient filter-feeding. How they got that specialized […]

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In this photo taken July 9, 2014, humpback whales feed at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod near Provincetown, Mass (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) BOSTON — For centuries, sailors have shouted their own language aboard – “Hoist sail!” ”Prepare to come about!” ”Anchors aweigh!” Now they’re teaming […]