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Why would information on comparative embryology be useful to show that certain bones are homologous?

Comparative embryology is the study of comparison of embryos of different species/genera, as they pass through different developmental stages before birth. Homologous parts are body parts that are similar in pattern even when they are as diverse as the foreleg of a horse, the wing of a bat, the flipper of penguin, or the fore arm of a human. Comparative embryology has clearly shown that vertebrate embryos show strong similarities as they undergo development in their homologous parts. Therefore, comparative embryology of homologous parts is proof of common ancestry and therefore evidence for evolution.

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