Re: AAT Questions...
J. Moore (email@example.com)
Sat, 5 Aug 95 19:38:00 -0500
Vi> Ralph L Holloway (firstname.lastname@example.org) sez:
Vi> `On 28 Jul 1995, HARRY R. ERWIN wrote:
HE> Not speaking as an AAHer, but wouldn't you expect robust limbs, given the
HE> forces and moments you would expect to encounter in the water? I don't
HE> think I know of any aquatic vertebrate that is particularly gracile. Even
HE> penguins have low-drag wings. This probably can be quantified.
RH> Do most of the aquatic vertebrates(cetaceans, porpoises, otters, seals,
RH> etc) have "robust limbs" and wide shoulder girdles? If the early
RH> hominids/hominoids were basically arboreally adapted, wouldn't you
RH> "robust" upper limbs and clavicles keeping the arms laterad to the
RH> With a 3-5 million year aquatic adaptation wouldn't you expect some
RH> convergent evolution of the aquatic apes to include streamlining the
RH> shape for continuous locomotion in an aquatic environment, such as we
RH> find in aquatic mammals? I don''t think robusticity of the limbs,
RH> however `measured can help in this issue, Harry.
RH> Ralph Holloway.
Vi> Now, see, this begins to build into a pattern. Robust arms mounted on a
Vi> narrow shoulder. To the extent that this construction causes no
Vi> compromise in lung capacity, this seems like a reasonable adaptation to
Vi> expect. Rather like the upper body of a sea otter.
Vi> email@example.com <== faster % Pete Vincent
Vi> firstname.lastname@example.org % Disclaimer: all I know I
Vi> % learned from reading Usenet.
And very unlike that of hominids. Where are the shorter limbs one
would expect in an aquatic animal? (Not to mention the small or
non-existent ears; but then this part of the thread was about
features visible in potential fossils).
Jim Moore (email@example.com)
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