Latest Actinopterygii Stories
While the fossil record has found that wrists and fingers have an aquatic origin, previous attempts to link fingers and fins have proven unsuccessful. Now, though, a team led by University of Chicago researchers has discovered the reason why: scientists were studying the wrong fish.
Efforts to restore sturgeon in the Great Lakes region have received a lot of attention in recent years, and many of the news stories note that the prehistoric-looking fish are "living fossils" virtually unchanged for millions of years.
The Toadfish are a type of ray-finned fish often found on the sand and mud bottoms of coastal waters worldwide, notable for somewhat broad heads and drab coloration reminiscent of terrestrial toads, as well as for the ability of the males of some species to "sing" using their swim bladders. They are classified as the sole family Batrachoididae of the order Batrachoidiformes, and include about 70 species in 19 genera, among them the common oyster toadfish, Opsanus tau. Their spines may inflict...
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