from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state or condition of being limbless; lack of limbs.
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Many families of lizards have independently evolved limblessness or greatly reduced limbs which are presumably non-functional in locomotion, including the following examples:1
Limbs in whales and limblessness in other vertebrates: mechanisms of evolutionary and developmental transformation and loss pdf clarifies the question.
The question ‘Why’ spent more time seeking my lips than a search to see if you were disabled in an odd way, perhaps prevented by a spectacular, as yet unseen, limblessness or were simply glued to the seat with super glue applied in jest by miscreants giggling hysterically further up the bus or just feared motion sickness exacerbated by being seated anywhere else.
And on the subject of slow-worms and their close kin the glass lizards, I was going to discuss anguid phylogeny, the evolution of limblessness and the tricky issue of glass lizard paraphyly, but that’ll have to wait.