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'Fishapod' Reveals Origins of Head and Neck Structures of First Land Animals

October 15, 2008

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Newly exposed parts of Tiktaalik roseae, the intermediate fossil between fish and the first animals to walk out of water onto land, are revealing how this evolutionary event happened. The first detailed look at the internal head skeleton of Tiktaalik shows how it was gaining structures that allowed it to support itself on solid ground and breathe air. Full Story

University of Chicago Medical Center

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