To learn more about cetaceans and their evolution, check out the following sites:
Home page of Dr. Philip Gingerich (University of Michigan): This page describes his fieldwork to collect fossil cetaceans and the research he has conducted on those specimens.
The website for Dr. Hans Thewissen’s lab (Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy): This website details the interdisciplinary work he and his collaborators are engaged in on the evolution of Cetacea. It also includes a digital library to dolphin embryonic development.
Morphobank website: This website and its online database applications were developed by Dr. Maureen O’Leary (Stony Brook University). Several large datasets that include cetaceans are available for download from this site.
The Aquatic Amniote: This is a blog by Dr. Brian Beatty (New York College of Osteopathic Medicine) on aquatic amniotes, including cetaceans. There are many summaries of scientific talks and papers on his blog.
Updates from the Vertebrate Paleontology lab: This blog is written by Alton Dooley (Virginia Museum of Natural History) and details the exciting paleontological science and fieldwork conducted by he and his field crews. Many of the updates concern Miocene cetaceans of Virginia.
University of Michigan’s Animal Diversity Web: This website includes a huge amount of data and images of living organisms. The link provided here goes to the Cetacea page.
Worms (World Register of Marine Species): This website is a searchable online database that details taxonomy, common names, basic facts, images, and much more for modern cetacean species.
Beaked Whale Identification Guide: Hosted on the website of the National Museum of Natural History, this site has great images of beaked whales and their skeletons, and uses these images to walk visitors through identifications.
University of California Museum of Paleontology, Cetacea page: This site includes a good overview of fossil cetaceans and a variety of links.