divya asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 2 months ago

Wings are complex structures and require modified bone structure and organization, musculature, and surface coverings. ?

How might wings have evolved? Wings are complex structures and require modified bone structure and organization, musculature, and surface coverings. How might wings have evolved?

An intermediate wing-like structure, although not capable of flight, could be used for gliding, which is an energetically efficient mode of transportation.

Although of no beneficial use, a half a wing will not be detrimental to an organism, and it may eventually evolve into a full wing.

Wings likely originated from fins of fish, which have similar shapes, and were then modified through evolution for flight.

An intermediate step in the evolution of wings (ie. small, weak, wing-like structures) would be detrimental to any organism possessing them. Full wings must have evolved in one evolutionary step.

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aAn intermediate wing-like structure, although not capable of flight, could be used for gliding, which is an energetically efficient mode of transportation.

bAlthough of no beneficial use, a half a wing will not be detrimental to an organism, and it may eventually evolve into a full wing.

cWings likely originated from fins of fish, which have similar shapes, and were then modified through evolution for flight.

Update 2:

dAn intermediate step in the evolution of wings (ie. small, weak, wing-like structures) would be detrimental to any organism possessing them. Full wings must have evolved in one evolutionary step.

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  • 2 months ago

    An intermediate wing-like structure, although not capable of flight, could be used for gliding, which is an energetically efficient mode of transportation.

    Sort of.  It wasn't about energy efficiency initially.  It was about not ending up dead when an arboreal animal falls out of its tree. 

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