Propulsive forces of mudskipper fins and salamander limbs during terrestrial locomotion: implications for the invasion of land.

@article{Kawano2013PropulsiveFO,
  title={Propulsive forces of mudskipper fins and salamander limbs during terrestrial locomotion: implications for the invasion of land.},
  author={Sandy M. Kawano and Richard W Blob},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={53 2},
  pages={283-94}
}
The invasion of land was a pivotal event in vertebrate evolution that was associated with major appendicular modifications. Although fossils indicate that the evolution of fundamentally limb-like appendages likely occurred in aquatic environments, the functional consequences of using early digited limbs, rather than fins, for terrestrial propulsion have had little empirical investigation. Paleontological and experimental analyses both have led to the proposal of an early origin of "hind limb… CONTINUE READING
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