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Biomechanical Perspective on the Origin of Cetacean Flukes

  • Frank E. Fish
Part of the Advances in Vertebrate Paleobiology book series (AIVP, volume 1)

Abstract

The evolution of aquatic forms from terrestrial ancestors has been a reoccurring event in the history of the vertebrates. As these animals adapted to the aquatic environment, the most derived representatives developed structures and mechanisms for high-performance propulsion in water. These organisms converged on propulsive modes that utilized oscillating hydrofoils for rapid and sustained swimming (Howell, 1930; Webb, 1975; Webb and Buffrénil, 1990; Fish, 1993a).

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Swimming Speed Killer Whale Bottlenose Dolphin Harbor Porpoise Caudal Vertebra 
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  • Frank E. Fish
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyWest Chester UniversityWest ChesterUSA

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