Unusual Walking Fish Could Help Explain How Ancient Animals Switched From Water To Land

August 28, 2014 12:04 PM

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Unusual Walking Fish Could Help Explain How Ancient Animals Switched From Water To Land

A living fish with the ability to walk could help scientists better understand how a group of ancient fish began exploring land and eventually evolved into tetrapods, which comprised the first four-limbed vertebrates and their descendants, according to a new study.

Scientists know that ancient fish began exploring living conditions on land nearly 400 million years ago, a move that ultimately led to the evolution of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. However, exactly how the prehistoric fish used their bodies and fins in a terrestrial environment has so f...

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