Cetacea

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Related to Cetaceans: whale, Sirenia, sperm whale, order Cetacea, Mammals
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Noun1.Cetacea - an order of EutheriaCetacea - an order of Eutheria      
animal order - the order of animals
Eutheria, subclass Eutheria - all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
cetacean, cetacean mammal, blower - large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals
Mysticeti, suborder Mysticeti - baleen whales: right whales; rorquals; blue whales; humpbacks
Odontoceti, suborder Odontoceti - toothed whales: dolphins; porpoises; sperm whales; beaked whales
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We can also understand the apparent paradox, that the very same characters are analogical when one class or order is compared with another, but give true affinities when the members of the same class or order are compared one with another: thus the shape of the body and fin-like limbs are only analogical when whales are compared with fishes, being adaptations in both classes for swimming through the water; but the shape of the body and fin-like limbs serve as characters exhibiting true affinity between the several members of the whale family; for these cetaceans agree in so many characters, great and small, that we cannot doubt that they have inherited their general shape of body and structure of limbs from a common ancestor.
And though none of them precisely answer to any known species of the present time, they are yet sufficiently akin to them in general respects, to justify their taking ranks as Cetacean fossils.
The public demanded sharply that the seas should at any price be relieved from this formidable cetacean.
In plain prose, here are four whales as well known to the students of Cetacean History as Marius or Sylla to the classic scholar.
Cetaceans include about 90 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
The Tanon Strait, a 161-kilometer channel dividing Cebu and Negros, is home to 14 types of cetaceans, most of which can be seen around Bais City, a quaint coastal town near Dumaguete in Negros Oriental.
Cetaceans share many traits with humans, including an ability to work with each other for mutual benefit, hunt cooperatively and interact with different species.
Contract awarded for Provision of services to support the development of the work planned and necessary for carrying out technical and research work, Including the processing of biological samples of cetaceans for dna extraction, Molecular analysis for determination of the sex of the bearded whales, As well as, The analysis of mitochondrial dna and microsatellites to determine the population structure and social organization of cetaceans, Foreseen within the research project, Greenup - green matrix uploaded: A new ecosystem variable for marine resources sector (cmems service evolution 21-se -call1) ".
Beaked whales, along with porpoises, are cetaceans belonging to the Order Cetacea, which has yielded new species at an average rate of one a decade during the twentieth century.
In Antarctica many cetaceans studies have been conducted west of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Is.