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Evolution Of Hips Simpler Than Suspected
2013-05-15 12:04:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The evolutionary path from the bone structure of the fish to the complex, weight-bearing hips of walking animals was a much simpler process than previously thought, according to a new study. About 395 million years ago, the first tetrapods, or four-legged animals, stepped onto land. This transition was accomplished using strong, weight-bearing hipbones and a connection through the spine via the ilium. These features were not present...


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