Dec 13, 2018 | Updated: 09:51 PM EST

Same Evolutionary Pattern Followed By Three Marine Mammals: Seals, Dolphins & Whales

May 25, 2017 12:52 AM EDT


The marine warm-blooded animals, such as seals, dolphins, and whales assume an imperative part in worldwide biological systems as apex predators, ecosystem engineers and even natural sea manures. They involve an assorted scope of habitats, from remote ocean situation to the Earth's waterways and coastlines and keep on astounding the humans with their regular magnificence. Can they have the same evolutionary pattern? 

According to, a new research study has revealed that these modern species such as whales, dolphins, and seals, which do not look alike to have the same evolutionary pattern, have the same evolutionary pattern from which they have evolved. The study has been done by looking into the details of the fossilized ancestors of the marine mammals for understanding their ecology.

With the help of the study, scientists have also studied that the terrestrial mammals returned to the seas millions of years ago. Therefore, they are secondarily aquatic and primarily terrestrial. The research was done at Monash University in Australia, where the scientist studied about the morphological and behavioral adaptations for these species for becoming specialized underwater feeders. In this study, they found that these species also had the same evolutionary pattern.

UPI News reported that scientists studying the same evolutionary pattern for the whales, dolphins, and seals divided the pattern of their adaptations into three unique sorts of feeders: raptorial feeders, suction feeders, and channel feeders. Raptorial feeders utilize their jaws and teeth to catch and expand prey. Suction feeders vacuum little prey into their mouths. Channel feeders, for example, today's biggest whale species, utilize hair-like strands to strain krill from the sea streams.

Scientists studying the same evolutionary pattern isolated each of the three adaptational paths into segments to uncover comparable extensive scale designs. Each kind of feeder advanced through a succession of adaptations, to begin with, catch prey, second, control and process prey, third, evacuate water, lastly, swallow prey. Despite the fact that distinctive ancestries receive diverse behavioral adjustments for each sustaining system, the pattern remains the same. The research paper has been published in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society.

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