Stephanie and collaborators published a study that used anatomical network analysis (AnNA) to investigate the evolution of bony connections from fin-to-limb. The study demonstrated that as limbs evolved the bony connections became simpler (primarily due to the proximo-distal connections of digits) and more modular. Modularization is hypothesized to have allowed limbs to evolve a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and functions.
The research was covered by the Harvard Gazette: Researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution
Esteve-Altava B, Pierce SE, Molnar JL, Johnston P, Diogo R, Hutchinson JR. Evolutionary parallelisms of pectoral and pelvic network-anatomy from fins to limbs. Science Advances. 2019 May 1;5(5):eaau7459.