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Functional Polymelia

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  Polymelia is a rare birth defect in which the affected individual has more than the usual number of limbs, usually five or more. In this congenital defect, the extra limb is most commonly abnormal in shape and size and may appear as a shrunken limb. The presence of extra limbs, higher than the normal number is technically termed as supernumerary limbs. Polymelia can be in the form of dipygus deformity, which is a severe congenital anomaly in which the body axis forks along the abdomen and the lower extremities such as the pelvis and legs become duplicated, giving rise to two pelvises and four legs.   The type of polymelia depends on the position at which the accessory limb is attached to the body. Thus, polymelia can be classified as follows:   Cephalomelia: Extra-limb attached to the head   Pyromelia: Extra-limb attached to the pelvis   Thoracomelia: Extra-limb attached to the thorax   Notomelia: Extra-limb attached to the backbone   Polymelia can be caused by one of several factors but the most common of which include Genetic Factors: These include defects in the chromosomes and transgenes. One or more genes may undergo a change, technically termed a mutation. Sometimes, a part of a gene may be missing. These changes can result in improper cell division and/or proliferation, leading to polymelia. In this genetic birth disorder, conjoined twins can sometimes be formed in which one of them undergoes degeneration while still in the womb, but its shrunken limbs may remain attached to the remaining fetus, thereby giving rise to polymelia.   In the case of Mutation exposure to infectious agents, medications, and chemicals during pregnancy can influence the pattern of gene expression that can lead to polymelia.   In the case of Functional Polymelia, a condition found throughout many mutated bird species in the world, it is caused by the introduction of the Forced Evolutionary Virus (FEV) or similar mutagenic's. Why it is only birds that present with Functional Polymelia is unknown- but as with many various species, exposure to variant's of mutagenic chemical's or such have a tendency to affect different species in various ways. In the case of many bird species it affects them by giving them a extra pair of legs and while many creatures will present with some form of Polymelia, Birds are one of a very few species in which the limbs are actually functional, leading many to call it the Griffon Gene, after the famous 4-legged bird beast from Greek Mythology.   Functional Polymelia presents itself in a number of various birds species across the world. Most famous are various species of Owl (famously Barn and Snowy Owls), a majority of the Vulture family and smaller birds such as hawks, falcons, swifts, robins, swallows and finches as well as pigeon's.   Open File: Functional Polymelia in a Pigeon
  Unlike the Raptorism mutation, Functional Polymelia does not seem to hinder a birds ability to fly, and in fact many seem to become better fliers with the additional limbs, thought to be due to the addition of larger chest and shoulder muscles.   Section of File Uncompleted. More information to be added by personnel at a later date
 
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