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Contrasting developmental trajectories in the earliest known tetrapod forelimbs
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology.
2009 (English)In: Science, ISSN 0036-8075, Vol. 324, no 5925, 364-367 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ichthyostega and Acanthostega are the earliest tetrapods known from multiple near-complete skeletons, with Acanthostega generally considered the more primitive. New material indicates differing ontogenetic trajectories for their forelimbs: In Ichthyostega, the   pattern of muscle attachment processes on small humeri (upper armbones) resembles that in "fish" members of the tetrapod stem group such as Tiktaalik, whereas large humeri approach (but fail to attain) the tetrapod crown-group condition; in Acanthostega, both small and large humeri exhibit the crown-group pattern. We infer that Ichthyostega   underwent greater locomotory terrestrialization during ontogeny. The newly recognized primitive characteristics also suggest that Ichthyostega could be phylogenetically more basal than Acanthostega.

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2009. Vol. 324, no 5925, 364-367 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-105892DOI: 10.1126/science.1167542ISI: 000265221600035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-105892DiVA: diva2:222752
Available from: 2009-06-09 Created: 2009-06-09 Last updated: 2010-08-02Bibliographically approved

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