/ found via brain pickings /
you should definitely listen to the radiolab episode that inspired this. i heart all of the radiolab episodes, but i especially like the sciencey stories like this one.
and speaking of whales, the whale bones that te manawa acquired last year finally caught the attention of the media. i had a look at them over the weekend and they are hard to spot at first, but when you look closely you can see the spongy look of the bone against the dense, soft clay-like rock. i hope it gets some further attention in the near future as one of the more interesting pieces in the science collection.