Data from: Axial allometry in a neutrally buoyant environment: effects of the terrestrial-aquatic transition on vertebral scaling

Katrina E. Jones & Stephanie E. Pierce
Ecological diversification into new environments presents new mechanical challenges for locomotion. An extreme example of this is the transition from a terrestrial to an aquatic lifestyle. Here, we examine the implications of life in a neutrally buoyant environment on adaptations of the axial skeleton to evolutionary increases in body size. On land, mammals must use their thoracolumbar vertebral column for body support against gravity and thus exhibit increasing stabilization of the trunk as body size...
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