“A phylogenetic blueprint for a modern whale (Balaenoptera musculus). The topology traces the inferred evolutionary history of an extant cetacean based on results summarized in Figs. 7–9 and Table 1. Changes extend back to the base of Artiodactyla (A–D). The long sequence of character transformations on the stem lineage to crown Cetacea (branches E–O), on the stem lineage to crown Mysticeti (branches a–f), and within crown Mysticeti (branches g–h) has culminated in the extant blue whale. A
"A Visit to the Sage" A marmot approaches an old and grey woolly rhinocerous. It's winter, but an unusually warm one. No snow has fallen, so the rhino rests in a bed of golden grass looking over a dry vally ringed by evergreen covered hills. Perhaps the marmot is confused by the lack of snow, and the warm weather is messing with his hibernation schedule. So, he has gone to ask the oldest creature in the valley why the snow has not fallen.