The Story of the Arctic is Written in Whale Earwax

Did you know that the layers of wax that accumulates in the ears of some whales can tell you how many years a whale has lived?

Dr. Thewissen, Ingalls-Brown Professor of Anatomy, contributed to a recent article in Newsweek in which researchers are using the earwax of whales to determine not only the age of the mammal, but to obtain other important data such as pesticide concentrations of waters, migration patterns, and number of pregnancies.

Read more in Newsweek.

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