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Pectoral Girdle A pectoral girdle is a skeletal complex in the body wall immediately behind the head that articulates with the anterior fins or limbs.

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1 Pectoral Girdle A pectoral girdle is a skeletal complex in the body wall immediately behind the head that articulates with the anterior fins or limbs. This is a picture of the ray-finned fish Polypterus, which exemplifies the basic pattern of all pectoral girdles. Components: Scapula & Coracoid: receives force generated by fins. Posttemporal: braces the girdle against the skull. Clavicle: braced against the opposite clavicle. Cleithrum: a major bone.

2 Pectoral Girdle In modern bony fishes the clavicle has been lost but the other bones remain. Cartilaginous fishes have only the endoskeletal components that do not ossify (shown in black) and have none of the dermal components (shown in red).

3 Pectoral Girdle Dermal bones predominate in the pectoral girdle of bony fishes, whereas replacement bones predominate in tetrapods. Tetrapods Early tetrapods are only different in that they gained the interclavicle and lost the posttemporal. Tetrapods either need clavicles, coracoids or both to brace the scapula against the sternum. Coracoid Develops from embryonic coracoid plate: anterior ossification centers give rise to procoracoids and posterior centers give rise to coracoids. Clavicle Absent: urodeles, apodans, and most nonavian reptiles. Present in most mammals.

4 Pectoral Girdle Scapula Present in all tetrapods with vestiges of anterior limbs. Contains the glenoid fossa for articulation with the humeral head.

5 Pectoral Girdle Mammalian scapula The scapular spine divides the scapula into supraspinous and infraspinous fossae, where arm muscles originate. Muscles also attach to the acromion process near the glenoid fossa. Mammalian clavicle Large in mammals with strong forelimbs used in digging, climbing, or flying. In cats the clavicle is a vestigial splinter. No connections between scapula and the sternum. Allows cats to withstand the shock of landing upright on forelimbs.

6 Test Questions 1.What is the purpose of the posttemporal bone in the Polypterus fish? 2.T/F Cartilaginous fish have both dermal and endoskeletal components to their pectoral girdle. 3._________ bones predominate in the pectoral girdle of bony fishes, whereas __________ bones predominate in tetrapods. 4.What is the purpose of the scapula in tetrapods with anterior limbs? 5.The _________ divides the scapula into the supraspinous and infraspinous fossae.

7 Answers 1.The posttemporal bone braces the pectoral girdle against the skull. 2. False, they lack dermal components. 3.Dermal; replacement 4.Contains the glenoid fossa for articulation with the humeral head. 5.Scapular spine

8 Pelvic Girdle (Fish) Consist of cartilaginous or bony pair pelvic Plates that meet in a midventral pelvic symphysis. No dermal bones in the pelvic girdle of fishes or tetrapods.

9 Pelvic Girdle (Tetrapods) Tetrapod embryos develop cartilginous pelvic plates. Each plate ossifies at two centers to form a pubis and a more posterior ischium. At the junction of the pubis, ischium, and ilium, a socket, the acetabulum, accomodates the head of the femur.

10 Pelvic Girdle (Tetrapods) Reptiles: – The structure of the pelvic girdles of reptiles is correlated with their diverse body structure and with their mode of locomotion. – In most reptiles, the pubis is directed away from the ischium, resulting in a triradiate girdle. – An epipubic and hypoischial bone frequently develops in association with the pelvic girdle of reptiles.

11 Pelvic Girdle (Birds) The ilia and ischia of modern birds are enormously expanded and united with the synsacrum. There is no ischial or pubic symphysis. Absence of these provide a wide outlet for laying eggs.

12 Pelvic Girdle (Mammals) Ilium, ischium, and pubis ankylose early in postnatal life to form a left and right innominate (coxal) bone. Sacroiliac joint Ischiopubic symphysis Since mammalian young are delivered through the pelvic outlet, the fibrocartilage is softened by ovarian hormone relaxin, which expands the pelvic outlet for delivery.

13 Questions There are dermal bones in the pelvic girdle of tetrapods and fish. -T or F (False) What is the junction of the pubis, ischium, and ilium in tetrapods called? (acetabulum) In reptiles, the pubis is directed away from the ischium. What does this create? (triradiate girdle) Why do birds not have an ischial or pubic symphysis? (Wide outlet for laying eggs) What is the ovarian hormone that promotes expansion of the pelvic outlet? (relaxin)

14 Girdles, Fins, Limbs & Locomotion Rays: located in dermis 2 varieties: lepidotrichia, in bony fish, jointed bony dermal scales, aligned end to end. Ceratotrichia, in cartilaginous fish, long horny rays.

15 Girdles, Fins, Limbs & Locomotion Fin rays generate from a row of cartilaginous or bony basalia and one or more rays of radialia. Striated muscle mass extends into the base of the fin and inserts onto available skeletal elements. Different taxa exhibit wide variety in morphology, making identification of ancestral fin type (archipterygium) highly unlikely.

16 Girdles, Fins, Limbs & Locomotion Fishes have 1, 2, or a series of dorsal fins, and may have an anal fin. Act as keels keeping fish from rolling left to right.

17 Girdles, Fins, Limbs & Locomotion Paired fins: Lobed-fleshy proximal lobe containing fin skeleton and muscles, membranous distal portion stiffened by rays Fin fold- broad base Ray fins- very flexible fins, lost components of basal skeleton, some have no pelvic fins. Spiny fins- all extinct.

18 Tetrapod Limbs Tetrapods typically have four limbs. Some limbs have been modified as wings or paddles while others have been lost all together. Early tetrapods had short limbs. In transition from water to land a shift from horizontal structure to vertical was seen. Later a shift from sprawling stance to upright occurred. Tetrapod limbs consist of three segments. Propdium Epipodium Autopodium

19 Propodium and Epipodium The epipodium (forearm) is composed of the ulna and radius. The radius bears most of the weight. The ulna is longer than the radius. The ulna sometimes fuses with the radius or may be vestigial. The humerus is the single bone located in the propodium (upper arm). The humerus of all tetrapods is very similar, any variations are adaptive modifications.

20 Thigh and Lower Leg Bones The thigh bone is the femur, the tibia and fibula are bones of the lower leg. There is little difference in these bones from one tetrapod to another (see picture). The patella (kneecap), which developed in birds and mammals, protects the joint from abrasive from the tendon. When the fibula unites with the tibia the tibiofibula is formed (frogs). In birds the tibia and the proximal row of tarsals fuse to form the tibiotarsus.

21 Manus: The Hand Made up of wrist, palm, and digits Very similar among species Digits range in number; dominant is pentadactyl (five-digit) limb Carpus (wrist): Three regular rows of carpal bones – Proximal row: radiale, ulnare, intermedium Ulnar end in most reptiles and mammals, sesamoid bone- pisiform – Middle row: centralia – Distal row: distal carpals 1-5 Metacarpals – Primitively, as many metacarpals as digits

22 Digits: Consist of phalanges – Early formula for pentadactyl hand: – Modern mammals almost universally Modifications of the manus – Reduction in number of bones by evolutionary loss or fusion Centralia commonly unite with proximal carpals or disappear; some reptiles and mammals have single centrale Fusion of distal carpals 4 & 5 = hamate bone Phalanges or entire digits may be lost (metacarpal becomes vestigial or lost) – Disproportionate lengthening or shortening (less common)

23 Amphibians – Most have 5 digits on hindlimb, 4 on forelimb, some have less – Number of wrist bones is smaller in modern than in labyrinthodonts – Line of descent is conjectural, so no way to tell homologies Nonavian reptiles and mammals – Generally pentadactyl, with five metacarpals – Crocodiles: wrist is five bones – Birds: entire manus is reduced – Modifications for various environments

24 QUIZ What is the formula for the phalanges of most modern mammals? – A) B) C) D) True or False: In birds, the proximal row of tarsals fuse to form the tibiofibula Name the three regions of tetrapod limbs Choose all the bones that are part of the manus: – Radius, phalanges, radiale, ulna, metacarpals, intermedium, ulnare The epipodium is composed of which two bones?: – A) Radius, humerus – B) Tibia, fibula – C) Ulna, radius – D) Ulna, femur

25 QUIZ Answers B False Propdium, Epipodium, Autopodium Phalanges, radiale, metacarpals, intermedium, ulnare C

26 Flight Carpometacarpus- fusion of 3 metacarpals and 3 distal carpals 3 fingers present…1 st finger called alula (elongated, prominent, independent) – Songbirds – broad short wings – Carnivorous – long, broad wings – Hummingbird – hand is longer than its arm Hands exert a strong breaking force for landing

27 Flight Unlike birds, the hand is the main part of the wings in bats Normal thumb w/ claw, but elongated fingers- both metacarpals and phalanges Movement of the hand responsible for takeoff and true flight

28 Girdles, Fins, Limbs & Locomotion The “hands” have become Paddlelike Flippers in well adapted marine amniotes Flippers are generally flattened and stout In several taxa, the number of phalanges has greatly increased In some Ichthyosaurs there were as many as 26 phalanges per digit and more than 100 in a single hand! Adaptations for Life in the Water

29 Girdles, Fins, Limbs & Locomotion Most other swimmers have skeletons that conform closely to the tetrapod pattern Some aquatic animals have lost their hind limbs… Use flipperlike “wings” for thrust, webbed feet for rudders (ie. Penguins) Others don’t use foreflippers for swimming….hind limbs

30 Questions: 1. Carpometacarpus is the fusion of ____ metacarpals and ____ carpals – A) 2, 6--B) 3, 3 – C) 4, 2--D) 2, 4 2. The first digit in birds that is elongated, prominent, and independently movable… A) ulnareB) radiale C) alulaD) manus

31 Questions continued 3. True or False: In the fingers of a bat, both the metacarpals and phalanges are elongated. True 4.What adaptation has been vital for aquatic marine amniotes, and what do they look like (shape)? Paddlelike flippers; flattened and stout 5.True or False: Penguins obtain thrust for swimming solely from their foreflippers? true

32 Running and Grasping Plantigrade- Digits, wrist, and ankle rest on ground. ie. Monotremes, marsupials, primates Digitigrade- Weight borne on digital arches with wrist and ankle elevated. ie. Rabbits, rodents and carnivores Unguligrade- Walk on four, three, two or one digit with wrist and ankle elevated on elongated metatarsals. ie. Ungulates

33 Running and Grasping Artiodactyles are paraxonic meaning their bodyweight is borne evenly on two parallel axes. Perissodactyles are mesaxonic meaning weight tends to be distributed to the middle digit

34 Running and Grasping Tibiotarsus- Found in birds; fused proximal tarsals and tibia. Tarsometatarsus- fused distal tarsals along with three fused metatarsals. Joint between tarsometatarsus and toes allows the bird to be poised for flight.

35 Running and Grasping In homonoids the metatarsal arch allows distribution of weight over four solid bases; the heel and the ball of each foot. Hallux- the great toe; opposable in most primates but not humans, aids in grasping.

36 Running and Grasping 1 - Perissodactyl 2 – Canine foot structure 3 – Opposable in primates 4 - Artiodactyl 5 – Human foot structure A plantigrade B digitigrade C paraxonic D mesaxonic E hallux

37 Hind Feet (Amphibians and Reptiles) Comparable with manus except for pisiform Basal amphibians display a prehallux Reptiles have fused tarsal bones known as the astragalocalcaneus

38 Hind Feet (Birds and Mammals) Bird feet are highly modified, with a tibiotarsus and fusion of the distal tarsals with the metatarsals Mammals have no intratarsal joint, but a hinge joint at the ankle.

39 Marine Movement Sculling – Anterior flippers only for maneuvering – Lateral undulations of posterior trunk and flippers key – Neck elongated Cetaceans thrust forward by dorsal and ventral undulations with stiff tail – “Legless gallop”

40 Terrestrial Trekking Hind flippers switch from swimming position into a tetrapod stance Flexible wrist joint further helps locomotion on land Wriggling seals’ hind limbs are permanently bound to the tail

41 Questions Name one similarity between reptile hind feet and bird feet Name one difference between amphibian feet and reptile feet Which group of animals lacks an intratarsal joint? What pedal feature is exclusively a hominoid characteristic? Name the primary difference in locomotion between wriggling and fur seals

42 Answers Intratarsal joint Fusion of the tarsal bones Mammals Metatarsal arch Wriggling seals have a hind limb permanently bound to the tail, while fur seals can switch their hind flippers into a tetrapod stance.

43 Origin of Tetrapod Limbs Two hypotheses: Modification of pre-existing structures or Formation of new features Common to both hypotheses are the origin of proximal elements of the limb Some necessary modifications for limb development are: Elongation of the two bones of the epodium (limb bones immediately above the hand or foot.). Rotation of long axes of humerus and femur to parallel the vertebral column. Formation of hinge joints Emergence of definitive manus (hand) and pes (foot). Fig comparison of Devonian rhipidistian fish’s pectoral fin and early tetrapod’s forelimb. Tetrapod forelimb Rhipidistian pectoral fin

44 Origin of Tetrapod Limbs It is possible that early Rhipidistian fins were used for resting on the water bottom. Minor modifications could have led to “walking” on the muddy floor; and later venturing onto land. Some type of pressure(s) drove craniates onto land – so it was inevitable that a more suitable limb would evolve. (Some fish today use pectoral fins to move on land, example: the Australian lungfish)

45 Locomotion with no Limbs Snakes often combine several methods of locomotion Limbless amphibians on land use lateral undulation of the body and tail (like a fish) to move. Marine sea snakes have a flattened tail that they use like an oar to propel them through the water. All movements are made possible by modifications in: - the skin - body wall musculature - ribs - the vertebral column

46 Locomotion with no Limbs The different types of locomotion used by snakes and other limbless tetrapods are: Serpentine – uses irregular loops propped against any stationary object that allow snake to push off from. Uses waves of muscle contraction from head to tail. – Also referred to as lateral undulation, but there are slight differences Rectilinear locomotion – the snake moves in a straight line. It relies on friction between the ventral skin and substrate. The ventral skin acts like a conveyor belt. Belly scutes alternate pressing and sliding forward on the substrate to create movement. Sidewinding – Enables snakes (like rattlesnakes) to inhabit sandy deserts. Useful when the other methods would be clumsy or ineffective. Snakes propel themselves with modified serpentine movements while thrusting their anterior portion forward. Concertina – Similar to sidewinding. Movement similar to an accordian. Serpentine is the most common method of locomotion used by snakes and lizards.

47 Review Questions 1.Match the following types of limbless locomotion to the diagram. Serpentine Rectilinear Locomotion Sidewinding Concertina 2.What is the most common method of locomotion used by limbless creatures? 3.True or False. It is believed that tetrapod limbs evolved from fins. 4.Limbless locomotion is made possible by modifications in: a.the skin b.body wall musculature c.Ribs d. the vertebral column e. all of the above

48 5.Which of the following is not necessary for limb development a.Elongation of the two bones of the epodium (limb bones immediately above the hand or foot.). b.Rotation of long axes of humerus and femur to parallel the vertebral column. c.Formation of hinge joints d.Emergence of definitive manus (hand) and pes (foot). e.All are necessary


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