Evolution: Bend it like basal synapsids

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Mammals can amplify their strides through unique up-and-down spinal movements. This ability was long considered to have evolved from lizard-like ancestors with spines moving sideways. A new study now suggests that, instead, it derived from an extinct, previously unknown spinal form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R437-R439
Number of pages3
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2021


  • Locomotion
  • spinal movement
  • Evolution
  • lateral bending

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