Scientists Realize What Gives Electric Fish their Jolt

June 26, 2014 8:32 PM

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Scientists Realize What Gives Electric Fish their Jolt

Electric fish, via evolution, acquired their jolting abilities by converting a simple muscle into an organ capable of generating a potent electrical field, scientists have discovered.

This electric organ evolved independently over six lineages in a wide variety of environments, ranging from the flooded forests of the Amazon to murky ocean waters.

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