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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fossil Shows Move From Water To Land

The fossil of a 365-million-year-old species sheds new information on evolution. BBC:

    About one hundred million years before dinosaurs began to roam the Earth, Ventastega was to be found in the shallow waters and tidal estuaries of modern day Latvia.

    According to lead author, Professor Per Ahlberg, from Uppsala University, Sweden, this creature had the head of a tetrapod, an animal adapted to live on land. The body, though, was fish-like but with four primitive flippers.

    "From a distance, it would have looked like an alligator. But closer up, you would have noticed a real tail fin at the back end, a gill flap at the side of the head; also lines of pores snaking across head and body.

I dunno, the below image of the newly found fossil, to me, looks just like wrinkled, haggardly White House Press Corps fossil Helen Thomas.



Then again, I may be mistaken. And she doesn't look a day over 365 million years old, does she.

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