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Tiktaalik roseae

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Tiktaalik roseae

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John_Stone Report This Comment
Date: April 06, 2006 08:18PM

The fossils of the approximately 9-ft. long creature, which are, described in two Nature articles released today, were dug out of rock formations on Ellesmere Island, in the Canadian Arctic, by paleontologists from the University of Chicago and several other institutions. Its nickame, for reasons that will become clear, is "fishapod"; it's more formally called Tiktaalik ("large fish in stream," in the local Inuit language). Fishapod dates from about 383 million years ago. It had the scales, teeth and gills of a fish, but also a big, curved rib cage that suggests the creature had lungs as well. The ribs interlock, moreover, unlike a fish's, implying they were able to bear fishapod's weight—an unnecessary trait in a fish. It had a neck—most unfishlike. And, most surprising of all, its pectoral fins included bones that look like nothing less than a primitive wrist and fingers.


It also kicks Intelligent Designers asses.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: April 06, 2006 08:41PM

That article on the Time website is one of the most unprofessionally written pieces I have seen in a long time. All the author had to add at the end was a Simpsons "Ha ha!" to top it off. Such high school attitude writing appearing in Time is pretty sad.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: April 07, 2006 05:45PM

he's a mean little crocfish
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: April 07, 2006 07:39PM

Bet he would have been great on the grill, with lemon and some macadamia nut butter.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: April 10, 2006 01:51AM

[email protected], having read that same article, I would agree with you. But that's just the status quo for Time and its writers. What would have been an interesting science story, turned into a secular attack on religion and intellegient design.