Two-faced fish clue that our ancestors 'weren't shark-like'

January 12, 2015 9:30 PM

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Two-faced fish clue that our ancestors 'weren't shark-like'

An investigation of a 415-million-year-old fish skull strongly suggests that the last common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates, including humans, was not very shark-like. It adds further weight to the growing idea that sharks are not 'primitive'.

The fossil skull's external features meant it had always been thought to belong to the bony fishes (osteichthyans), a group which includes familiar fishes such as cod and tuna as well as all land-dwelling creatures with backbones. But when scientists from Oxford University and Imperial College Londo...

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