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Hans Thewissen first went to Pakistan for paleontological fieldwork in 1984

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Hans Thewissen first went to Pakistan for paleontological fieldwork in
1984 while a graduate student at the University of Utrecht. Since then he
has studied rocks and fossils from most parts of the country, including
60 million year old deposits near the Indian Ocean
Ambulocetidae
| Basilosaurids and
Dorudontids
| Bibliography | Hearing
| India |
Locomotion | Mysticetes
| Odontocetes | Osmoregulation
| Pakicetidae |
Pakistan | Protocetidae
| Remingtonocetidae | Whale
| Whale Origins!
Thewissen lab focuses on the area between Islamabad
and the Afghan border, where particularly interesting early Eocene sediments
(approximately 50 million years old) can be found. There are rich fossil beds
in the Eocene of Pakistan, and the animals in these faunas are fascinating because
they document a time right after the collision of the Indian continent with
Asia. At that time, Indo-Pakistan had been drifting in isolation in the Indian
Ocean for 70 a million year period
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