Data from: One foot out the door: limb function during swimming in terrestrial versus aquatic turtles

Vanessa K. Young, Kaitlyn G. Vest, Angela R.V. Rivera, Nora R. Espinoza, Richard W. Blob, Vanessa K Hilliard Young & Angela R. V. Rivera
Specialization for a new habitat often entails a cost to performance in the ancestral habitat. Although aquatic lifestyles are ancestral among extant cryptodiran turtles, multiple lineages, including tortoises (Testudinidae) and emydid box turtles (genus Terrapene), independently specialized for terrestrial habitats. To what extent is swimming function retained in such lineages despite terrestrial specialization? Because tortoises diverged from other turtles over 50 Ma, but box turtles did so only 5 Ma, we hypothesized that swimming kinematics...
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