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Reconstructing the Biology of Extinct Species: A New Approach
June 18, 2007
Scientists now have a new way to reconstruct how extinct species moved--that is completely independent of analyses of limb structure--as a result of the first large-scale study of the relationship between modes of locomotion and the dimensions of an important part of the organ of balance. The study used high-resolution CT scans plus field observations to study 91 primate species and 119 additional species ranging in size from a mouse to an elephant.
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