sci 275 envioromental science
posted by Anonymous .
Although most salamanders have four legs, the aquatic salamander shown below resembles an eel. It lacks hind limbs and has very tiny forelimbs. Propose a hypothesis to explain how limbless salamanders evolved according to Darwin's theory of natural selection
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I posted this back in August: To answer your question, you have to understand a couple of things. First, limbless salamanders are descended from limbed salamanders. In other words, limblessness isn't a primitive, but rather a derived trait for salamanders. Limbs have been lost secondarily. Secondly, you'll want to look up information on limbless salamaders (Google it, or use the library: there are lots of good books about salamanders.) There you will find infomation on the autoecology or lifestyle of these salamanders. Where do they live? How do they get around? Most importantly, what advantage might they have in their environment by NOT having limbs? Natural selection operates on populations of organisms; populations are subject to different environmental pressures (selective pressures). Forexample, animals living in caves are often blind (their ancestors could see), but have lost that ability through selection, because mutations that rendered an animal blind were not a disadvantage, and might actually be advantageous.
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