Fish Out of Water Learn to Walk
Around 400 million years ago, fish left the water and started to evolve into land-loving creatures. But how did the transition happen? A new and unusual experiment could shed some light on the kinds of changes that enabled fins to become limbs. Researchers took a fish species known to be able to walk on its fins from time to time, and raised it on land. Watch the fish promenade in this Nature Video.
Read the paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13708
Read the News & Views: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13743
Okay I wasn’t sure about this until a link to the paper itself was finally added, but this experiment happened at my university, and was done by people I knew and worked with at the museum! Very cool, I heard so much about fishy escapades that I am super excited to see this paper is out.
This reminds me of when Lewis Black encounters a creationist, he holds up a fossil and simply says, “Fossil”. This will be the fossil I show people.