Integration, heterochrony, and adaptation in pedal digits of syndactylous marsupials

  title={Integration, heterochrony, and adaptation in pedal digits of syndactylous marsupials},
  author={Vera Weisbecker and Maria H Nilsson},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
Marsupial syndactyly is a curious morphology of the foot found in all species of diprotodontian and peramelemorph marsupials. It is traditionally defined as a condition in which digits II and III of the foot are bound by skin and are reduced. Past treatments of marsupial syndactyly have not considered the implications of this unique morphology for broader issues of digit development and evolution, and the ongoing debate regarding its phylogenetic meaning lacks a broad empirical basis. This… CONTINUE READING
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