Evolutionary Biology pp 39-86

Part of the Evolutionary Biology book series (EBIO, volume 28)

The Evolution of Paired Fins and the Origin of Tetrapod Limbs

Phylogenetic and Transformational Approaches
  • Neil Shubin


The analysis of limb origins touches on many central issues of evolutionary morphology. The origin of limbs is a major adaptive transformation, encompassing developmental, functional, and ecological modifications. Adaptive evolution of the structure and function of paired appendages involves the genetic modification of developmental processes. The study of this transformation, then, entails a synthesis of genetic, developmental, and functional approaches.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil Shubin
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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