Eel-like swimming in the earliest ichthyosaurs

@article{Motani1996EellikeSI,
  title={Eel-like swimming in the earliest ichthyosaurs},
  author={R. Motani and H. You and C. McGowan},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1996},
  volume={382},
  pages={347-348}
}
  • R. Motani, You H., C. McGowan
  • Published 1996
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • ICHTHYOSAURS are extinct marine reptiles, probably belonging to the Diapsida1, that ranged from the Early Triassic to Late Cretaceous2,3. Post-Triassic ichthyosaurs achieved the highest level of aquatic adaptation among reptiles4, with a streamlined body, lunate tail and a dorsal fin, features exemplified today by thunniform (tuna-like) fishes. However, little is known of how such a body plan evolved from a terrestrial diapsid. Here we report the most complete specimen of the oldest known… CONTINUE READING
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