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Are the following homologous or analogous? Why? a) Flippers of dolphin and whale b) Flippers of penguin and whale

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Wed February 27, 2013
a) Flippers of dolphin and whale are homologous. They are considered homologous structures because they have a similar underlying anatomy. They are similar and share common traits.
b) Flippers of penguin and whale are analogous structures that are not homologous, as they arise from different tissues.
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