Strange Walking African Fish Reveals How Our Ancient Ancestors Evolved (VIDEO)

August 28, 2014 11:22 AM

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Scientists are learning a bit more about how our ancestors evolved by examining a strange, walking fish. They're finding out what might have happened in the past when fish first attempted to walk out of water, eventually evolving into tetrapods, which include today's amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

The fish in questions is called Polypterus, which is an African fish that can breathe air, "walk" on land, and looks very similar to the ancient fish that eventually evolved into tetrapods. That's why scientists examined this species in order to learn a bit more about its unusual characteristics.

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