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April 06, 2006
Evolution on the rocks

Or, rather, in the rocks.

In the frozen rocks of an island 800 miles from the North Pole, scientists have discovered a group of fossils that clearly mark one of the most crucial events in human evolution: a moment in time some 375 million years ago when primitive fish first began moving from the world's oceans to the land.

The fossils show that the animals bore the scales, gills and fins of fish, but also the ribs, neck, rudimentary ear bones and primitive limbs of what ultimately would become the arms and legs of the first land animals -- the ancestors of all reptiles, dinosaurs, birds and mammals, including humans, the scientists say.

I wish there'd been a photograph or at least a drawing.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:47 PM


Comments

I think the Washington Post article had pictures...

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 6, 2006 10:45 PM

I found an article with a picture there, thanks!

Posted by: Anne at April 7, 2006 08:46 AM