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Re: early tetrapod
what of the comment "I imagine this is an animal that could haul itself
over sand banks without any difficulty. Maybe it's poking around in
semi-tidal creeks picking up fish that got stranded."
implying terrestrial motion? is it just sensationalism, or supported by
It's not supported, and not proposed in the paper. Although it does differ
from those of *Panderichthys* and *Tiktaalik*, the shoulder girdle looks
like that of *Acanthostega*.
The skull and the lower jaw are now almost completely known, and so is the
shoulder girdle. An ilium has also been found (the bone previously
considered an ilium is a cleithrum -- a part of the shoulder girdle...). An
isolated fin ray may also belong; it suggests a very tall tail fin as
recently recognized in *Acanthostega*. Looks like *Ventastega* was about as
terrestrial as a catfish.
There is still no limb/fin material.