Shift to shore: New model shows extinct tetrapod Ichthyostega couldn't walk

I love outdated museum displays. They marvelously represent the "history" part of natural history exhibits - dusty dioramas of old ideas that are a baseline for how much our understanding has changed. One of my favorite displays is tucked away in a dim corner of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. If you just [...]

Shift to shore: New model shows extinct tetrapod Ichthyostega couldn't walk

Palaeontology has gone high-tech: no more wax and plaster-cast models. Instead, 3D data from computed tomography (CT) scans is overturning long-held views of how the earliest land animals moved.

Wed 23 May 12 from Phys.org

In The Beginning Was the Mudskipper?

Wed 23 May 12 from Discover Magazine

Virtual resurrection shows that early four-legged animal couldn't walk very well, Wed 23 May 12 from Discover Magazine

In The Beginning Was the Mudskipper?, Wed 23 May 12 from Discover Magazine

Ancient walking mystery deepens

An ancient creature thought to be the first to step on land could not have walked on four legs, 3D computer modelling shows.

Wed 23 May 12 from BBC News

First Terrestrial Animals Shuffled Onto Land

When creatures made their way onto land for the first time, it wasn't pretty.

Mon 28 May 12 from Livescience

First Terrestrial Animals Shuffled Onto Land, Wed 23 May 12 from Discovery.com

First creature to walk on land 'dragged itself along' - like it was on crutches

The creature lived in floodplains on what is now Greenland during a period known geologically as the Devonian period - about 360 to 410 million years ago.

Thu 24 May 12 from Daily Mail

Evolutionary Flop: Early 4-Footed Land Animal Was No Walker?

New 3-D models suggest that what's been seen as one of Earth's first land walkers was actually more of a flopper.

Wed 23 May 12 from National Geographic

A New Twist in the Tetrapod Tale

I love outdated museum displays. They marvelously represent the "history" part of natural history exhibits - dusty dioramas of old ideas that are a baseline for how much our understanding has ...

Wed 23 May 12 from Wired Science Blogs

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