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Re: Loss of digits (was Phytodinosauria status)



In a message dated 6/7/01 3:51:46 PM EST, dbensen@gotnet.net writes:

<< Dinosaurs (and other animals) have lost toes and even entire limbs at
 various points in their histories. >>

This is usually in adapting to a cursorial lifestyle: It is better for 
running to lose excess weight from the extremities. But apparent rapid loss 
of three digits in early amphibians is not so readily explained.