Monday, November 06, 2006
It's Definitely Not a 'Fluke'
Dolphin Specimen Found with Likely "Remains" of Legs
(AP) TOKYO — Japanese researchers said Sunday that a bottlenose dolphin captured last month has an extra set of fins that could be the remains of hind legs, a discovery that may provide further evidence that ocean-dwelling mammals once lived on land.
"I believe the fins may be remains from the time when dolphins' ancient ancestors lived on land ... this is an unprecedented discovery," Seiji Osumi, an adviser at Tokyo's Institute of Cetacean Research, said at a news conference televised Sunday.
A freak mutation may have caused the ancient trait to reassert itself, Osumi said. The dolphin will be kept at the Taiji museum to undergo X-ray and DNA tests, according to Hayashi."
Read more... http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4311224.html
See the anatomy of a dolphin, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Dolphin_anatomy.png
And read about the transitional fossil, Ambulocetus, here: