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Here, we assess the timing of such acquisition using the aquatic sloth as well as the time lapse required to turn a 'normal', tubular bone into an amedullary.


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Intense remodelling in juveniles is also shown by the complex assemblages of endosteal lamellar tissue in medullary trabeculae figure 4 c. The forelimb of Thalassocnus is similarly affected by osteosclerosis, especially in the latest species figure 3 ; electronic supplementary material, figure S1. The compactness of the ribs measured at midlength of the earliest species of Thalassocnus , T. Similar values of bone compactness are found in the ribs of the desmostylians Behemotops , Paleoparadoxia and Ashoroa compactness: 0. This difference is understandable, since they did not share the putative ecology of Thalassocnus , a marine grazer requiring passive hydrostatic regulation. These irrelevant results are not presented herein; they call for future studies that should include pilosans in inference models. However, a precise temporal calibration of the acquisition of such adaptations is still wanting.

Non-pathological densification osteosclerosis and swelling pachyostosis of bones are the main modifications affecting the skeleton of land vertebrates tetrapods that returned to water. We have studied the internal microstructure and histology of the humerus, radius, femur, tibia and ribs.

Bone histology of Thalassocnus. Subsequent studies further substantiated this interpretation, and suggested an increasing adaptation to feeding on marine vegetation i. Therefore, an increasing tendency towards rib pachyostosis is likely to have occurred, from the earliest to the latest of the five species of Thalassocnus electronic supplementary material, table S5.

Imbalanced remodelling, i. However, bone structure in the only aquatic xenarthrans, i. The model on which we focus here is the aquatic sloth, Thalassocnusknown in the Pisco Formation Peru by five species spanning from Late Miocene to Late Pliocene [ 13 ].

Because none of the Thalassocnus bones examined contained any remnant of calcified cartilage, endochondral osteogenesis is interpreted as normal: the hypertrophic cartilage produced by the growth plates at the epiphyseal level was entirely eroded by chondroclasts in the metaphysis and replaced by endosteal trabeculae made of lamellar bone tissue.

Histological observations were performed using a photonic microscope Zeiss Axioskop in normal or polarized transmitted light.

The phylogenetic relationships of these species are consistent with their geological age.

Details on these ages are given in the electronic supplementary material. It is often, but not always, associated sloth time lapse pachyostosis, a hyperplasy of the cortical part of bone shafts that creates a massive and swollen aspect and can spectacularly increase skeletal volume [ 6 ].

The extreme condition found in the latest species of Thalassocnus does not seem to have been reached by desmostylians, since a small medullary cavity persists in the femur of Behemotops [ 30 ] the condition is unknown for Paleoparadoxiabut its extremely compact and amedullar humerus may indicate that the hindlimb is also concerned.

We will consider approximated ages for the four earliest species, respectively, of ca 8, 7, 6 and 5 Myr go here 1318 โ€” 20 ]. Daggers denote extinct taxa. Thus, Thalassocnus is ideal to follow the adaptation of bone structure to an aquatic lifestyle.

Conversely, the four geologically later species of Thalassocnus are both osteosclerotic and amedullar. An osteosclerotic structure also affects both fore- and hindlimbs of Thalassocnusespecially in geologically recent species.

The appearance in a given taxon of moderate osteosclerosis, pachyostosis or a combination of both these conditions, may not necessarily follow the shift to aquatic habits. Our results suggest that this process must have been positively selected and increased during Thalassocnus evolution.

Cortical development DC and compactness profile were calculated following published procedures [ 11 ] see the electronic supplementary material, tables S5 and S6 for calculation of these indices. Extensive osteosclerosis hence characterizes Thalassocnus. Here, we assess the timing of such acquisition using the aquatic sloth Thalassocnusfrom the Neogene of the Pisco Formation, Peru.

This is the regular mechanism for the growth in length of long bones. Thalassocnusremains undocumented. Observed compactness in long bones of the hindlimb.

Phylogeny from Muizon et al. Observed compactness in long bones of the forelimb. The comparison of bone compactness in various pilosans reveals that several bones of terrestrial species are clearly more compact than the corresponding bones in most other terrestrial mammals.

Beyond the sloth time lapse of the xenarthrans, our observations converge with the conclusions of previous authors [ 9 โ€” 11 ] who showed that, in cetaceans and sirenians, a modification in bone inner structure is an adaptive trait to life in water that predates gross anatomical transformations of the skeleton.

The DC value apparently increases with stratigraphy from older to younger beds in the three Thalassocnus species for which it was calculated. This observation agrees with the data presented by Straehl et al.

In the case of mammals, palaeontological data suggest curiously ebay clone wordpress theme what weakly developed osteosclerosis, and to a lesser extent pachyostosis, sloth time lapse very early in two major aquatic taxa, the Cetacea and the Sirenia.

Osteosclerosis of these bones is extremely pronounced in the two latest species of Thalassocnuswhich lack a free medullary cavity and only exhibit a slight decrease in compactness in their centre.

Observed compactness in sloth time lapse. Cross sections are not to scale. For more information, see legend of figure 2.

The age of the fossils must be read at the tip of the branches. Moreover, open erosion bays without traces of secondary reconstruction are numerous in the rib of the juvenile T.

This observation suggests that Haversian remodelling which is initiated by the formation of erosion bays was very active in young individuals of Thalassocnusand steeply decreased in the adults.

Otherwise, the bones of terrestrial pilosans sloths and anteaters are much more compact than the mean mammalian condition, which suggests that the osteosclerosis of Thalassocnus may represent an exaptation.

Such claim is now also supported by bone microstructural data, as marine iguanas also display bones that are relatively more compact than those of their terrestrial close relatives [ 35 ].

This condition differs from that found in sirenians and some early cetaceans, in which an inhibition of clastic cell activity occurred early in life, causing a persistence of abundant remnants of calcified cartilage matrix [ 11 ].

The comparative sample comprises five extant and extinct xenarthran species, all considered to be strictly non-aquatic forms: Myrmecophaga the extant giant anteaterCholoepus the extant two-toed slothNothrotherium and NothrotheriopsQuaternary terrestrial representatives of the Nothrotheriidae, the family to which Thalassocnus is attributed and Hapalopsa Miocene form which is, as the nothrotheriids, a megatherioid [ 22 ].

The relatively high value found in Myrmecophagathe giant anteater, which could be viewed as resulting from pachyostosis, is irrelevant because calculation splendid spa the index is jeopardized by the large rib expansion sensu Jenkins [ 31 ]which characterizes this genus.

The incipient stages of bone transformation in these groups and the mechanisms involved in this process remain to be documented. The histological result of bone remodelling, i. See the electronic supplementary material for details on the standard protocols that have been used.

The broken branch marks a break of the stratigraphic scale. Such modifications, reflecting a shift in the habitat from terrestrial to aquatic, occurred over a short geological time span ca 4 Myr.

Recently, a broad comparative study on 22 extant and extinct terrestrial forms of this superorder revealed, among other things, the presence of dense Haversian bone and higher compactness values in Pilosa sloths and anteaters than in Cingulata armadillos and extinct relatives [ 17 ].

The initial hypothesis was mainly based on taphonomic arguments, and the macroanatomy of some postcranial elements was also noted as indicative.

Pilosans, which are currently not included in these models, were often incorrectly interpreted as aquatic or amphibious, owing to the high compactness generally displayed by their bones.

There is a complete consistency between the intra-generic phylogenetic relationships and the stratigraphic position of each taxon, sloth time lapse. The five known species of ThalassocnusT. In both bones, the greatest compactness increase occurred when T. Trees with mapped compactness values were sloth time lapse with M esquite [ 24 ] and its Stratigraphic Tools [ 25 ], using the observed compactness values electronic supplementary material, table S4, data matrix given as a NEXUS file in the electronic supplementary material.

Its fossil record provides the most detailed data available about the gradual acquisition of osteosclerosis among tetrapods. The hypothetical position of T. SAS Online version in colour.

However, even these taxa do not display the nearly solid long bones found in the latest species of Thalassocnus. It is now well established that osteosclerosis, sloth time lapse.

See the electronic supplementary material, tables S1 and S2 for details on this consideration and on other parameters having a possible effect on bone compactness. The case of the Pilosa suggests a different hypothesis. Inference models using respectively the humerus [ 26 ], radius [ 27 ], tibia [ 28 ] and femur [ 29 ] were sloth time lapse applied to our data.

An increase in rib compactness is observed from T. Compactness values are given below the taxon name. It yields the most detailed data about the gradual acquisition of aquatic adaptations among tetrapods, in displaying increasing osteosclerosis and pachyostosis through time.

The earliest forms of these orders, the pakicetids [ 910 ] and the prorastomids [ 1112 ], respectively, indeed displayed advanced signs of an increase in bone compactness and a loss of the medullary cavity, while their gross external anatomy was still unspecialized.

Bone histology and microanatomy of xenarthrans long remained documented only by anecdotal observations [ 16 ]. As already mentioned by Muizon et al. SAS 2 and b adult T. The return of cetaceans to water is documented by taxa featuring extensive osteosclerosis, such as Indohyus [ 3334 ] and pakicetids [ 9 ].

It appeared in all major tetrapods taxa see also review in [ 2 ]and affects to different degrees either a delimited region e. This genus is represented by five species occurring in successive vertebrate-bearing horizons of distinct ages. Cross sections of all limb bones including figure 3 are located at the level of maximum cortical thickness and are not to scale diagonal stripes represent unpreserved parts.

See the electronic supplementary material, table S3 for nature of samples and specimen numbers. Among the three other species, the ribs of T. Those of T. Thalassocnus was indeed interpreted as the only aquatic representative of its superorder, the xenarthrans sloths, anteaters, armadillos and their extinct relatives [ 14 ].

This process was most probably imbalanced towards re-deposition. The number of colours and the boundaries of the intervals were selected in order to display compactness differences between the species of Thalassocnus.

Observed compactness is shown with different colours. As calculation of this index requires complete ribs, it could not be performed for T. They all come from distinct horizons of the Pisco Formation Peru.

Incipient osteosclerosis, as evidenced in terrestrial Pilosa, may predate not only the gross anatomical modification of skeletal elements for life in water, but also the occupation of aquatic habitat itself.

Moreover, the microanatomical data presented herein corroborate a posteriori this hypothesis: T. These authors implicitly postulated that pakicetids and prorastomids had actually shifted to aquatic habitats prior to structural and anatomical specialization of their bones, which are consecutive of this environmental change. Each colour represents an interval of compactness. The only specimen of the latest species, T.