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Strolling salamanders provide clues on how animals evolved to move from water to land


November 30, 2015

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Around 390 million years ago, the first vertebrate animals moved from water onto land, necessitating changes in their musculoskeletal systems. Now, scientists are using clues from a living animal, the tiger salamander, to understand those changes. A new study evaluates what mechanisms drive diversity in bone function, providing new insight into the evolution of how the earliest four-legged vertebrate animals took their first steps on land.Full Story

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National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

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