Unraveling the influences of soft-tissue flipper development on skeletal variation using an extinct taxon.

  • Erin E. Maxwell
  • Published 2012 in
    Journal of experimental zoology. Part B…


Adaptation to an aquatic habitat results in dramatic changes in tetrapod limb morphology as limbs take on the roles of propulsion and steering and lose their weight-bearing function. Changes include enclosure of the limb in a soft-tissue flipper and proportional lengthening of the distal limb, often accomplished through the addition of skeletal elements… (More)
DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22459


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