Legs

Contest Info

  • Started: 5/28/2006 06:00
  • Ended: 5/30/2006 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 25
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
Legs
Contest Directions: Show how the following species looked like before they lost their legs (or how they would look now with legs): whales, dolphins, fish, snakes. Alternatively, show how "legged" animals would look like if they lost their legs while evolving. Animals only, humans not allowed.

Contest Info

    • Started: 5/28/2006 06:00
    • Ended: 5/30/2006 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 25
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
This gallery only contains our top 15 selections from its parent contest Legs. All 25 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Baby Nemo Having a Bath

    Baby Nemo Having a Bath
  • Pig Without Legs

    Pig Without Legs
  • Scary Fish wit Legs and Claws

    Scary Fish wit Legs and Claws
  • Snake with Many Legs

    Snake with Many Legs
  • Snake with a Foot

    Snake with a Foot
  • Legless Komodo Dragon

    Legless Komodo Dragon
  • Rattlesnake with Centipede Legs

    Rattlesnake with Centipede Legs
  • Snail with Legs

    Snail with Legs
  • Fish with Legs

    Fish with Legs
  • Snail with Frog Legs

    Snail with Frog Legs
  • Turtle Without Legs

    Turtle Without Legs
  • Hippo Without Legs Swimming Underwater

    Hippo Without Legs Swimming Underwater
  • Kangaroo Without Legs Using Walking Sticks

    Kangaroo Without Legs Using Walking Sticks
  • Kangaroo without Legs

    Kangaroo without Legs
  • Killer Whale with Legs

    Killer Whale with Legs
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Ancient whales actually had legs. They finally parted company with these appendages about 35 million years ago due to a relatively sudden genetic event, according to an international group of scientists headed up by Hans Thewissen, a professor of anatomy at Northeastern Ohio University's College of Medicine. Thewissan and his team used developmental data from contemporary spotted dolphins and fossils of ancient whates to try and determine exactly what genetic changes could have caused whales, dolphins and porpoises to lose their legs. In point of fact, more than 50 million years ago, ancestors of both whales and dolphins were four footed land animals, rather like large dogs. They eventually became the swimmers we recognize today during the following 15 million years, losing their hind limbs in th eprocess. Whales share common ancestors with hippos, camels and deer remarked team member Martin Cohn, a developmental biologist and associate professor and member of the UF Genetics Institute. He explained that the transition to an aquatic lifestyle occurred long before these animals eliminated their hind limbs. During the transition period, the hind limbs did become smaller. In findings slated to be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, scientists will argue that the gradualr shrinkage of a whale's hind limbs took place over 15 million years, the changes occuring during the fetal stage of whale development. Whales transitioned through a remarkable transformation to become more like ancestral fish. The process itself is remarkable and led to profound consequences in how whales were able to survive. Only in the past five years has a clearer understanding of this development history been had by scientists around the globe.
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