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RE: Coelacanth article in current NatGeo

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> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Erik Boehm
> Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:37 PM
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu; rtravsky@uwyo.edu
> Subject: Re: Coelacanth article in current NatGeo
> This reminds me of a question I've had for a while:
> What use were lobe-fins before they were adapted into limbs?
> Why did the fleshy lobes evolve in the first place?

Some modern lobefins (i.e., some of the lungfish) can use them to burrow.

Various rayfins have converged on the lobefin form for use as underwater 
"feet", either to brace themselves against currents or to
scuttle along on the sea floor.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
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Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
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Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
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