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Adipose Fins Evolve Repeatedly In Teleost Fishes
2014-03-05 10:33:13

University of Chicago Though present in more than 6,000 living species of fish, the adipose fin, a small appendage that lies between the dorsal fin and tail, has no clear function and is thought to be vestigial. However, a new study analyzing their origins finds that these fins arose repeatedly and independently in multiple species. In addition, adipose fins appear to have repeatedly and independently evolved a skeleton, offering a glimpse into how new tissue types and structural...

The Land Invasion Race: The Evolution Of Fins To Limbs
2013-07-07 19:51:23

Society for Experimental Biology Why did animals with limbs win the race to invade land over those with fins? A new study comparing the forces acting on fins of mudskipper fish and on the forelimbs of tiger salamanders can now be used to analyze early fossils that spanned the water-to-land transition in tetrapod evolution, and further understand their capability to move on land. Research conducted by Sandy Kawano and Richard Blob at Clemson University compared terrestrial locomotion in...

2013-01-14 10:30:20

Tiny coral reef wrasses can swim as fast as some of the swiftest fish in the ocean — but using only half as much energy to do so, Australian scientists working on the Great Barrier Reef have found. By flapping their fins in a figure-eight pattern, bluelined wrasses can travel at high speeds while using 40 per cent less energy than tunas of the same size. “For a long time, people thought the best high-speed swimmers were the fishes cruising in open waters, like mackerel and...

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2010-06-13 07:31:56

When a hungry harbor seal sets off in pursuit of a fish diner, the animal has a secret weapon in its tracking arsenal: its whiskers. Detecting hydrodynamic trails in water with their sensitive whiskers, seals easily track passing fish even in the most turbid conditions. Wolf Hanke from the University of Rostock, Germany, explains that blindfolded seals can track passing mini-submarines for a distance of 40m before the wake peters out. However, the hydrodynamic trails left by subs are...

2008-08-17 18:00:29

A SINGER-songwriter with a voice that is a dead ringer for Nick Drake drops in at the B Bar tonight. Fin, aka Calum Findlay, plays exquisite folk/roots-tinged songs which sound incredibly similar to those of the tragic folk legend. Born on the East coast of Scotland, and now living in South West England, Fin has a real affinity for the coast. A self taught guitarist and singer, he's not unknown to accompany himself on piano, synth or drums, and his songs have already been in demand for a...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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