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eardrum
2015-04-22 18:08:38

Scientists have long suspected that the eardrum evolved separately in mammals and diapsids, the taxonomic group that includes reptiles and birds. However, because the eardrum cannot be fossilized, this theory could not be proved through the fossil record.

chins
2015-04-14 09:19:06

Modern humans developed chins not for chewing or other mechanical functions, but as the result of an evolutionary adaptation involving face size and shape that may be linked to changes in our hormone levels due to domestication, according to a new study.

chinese giant salamander
2015-04-09 09:59:10

The world’s largest living amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus), is capable of feeding not only on prey located directly in from of it, but also on creatures which approach from the side, thanks to a newly-discovered quick-strike technique.

Dapedium
2015-01-15 12:02:54

A distinctive 200-million-year-old fish used a combination of jutting front teeth and pebble-shaped rear teeth to feed on bivalves and other hard-shelled creatures it could find from the sea floor, according to new research from the University of Bristol.

two-faced fish
2015-01-13 08:41:04

A two-faced fish more than 400 million years old is likely the last common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates--including us--and provides additional evidence that sharks are not primitive creatures, as had long been assumed.

Vintana sertichi mesozoic
2014-12-15 09:46:18

A new fossil from Madagascar reveals fascinating perspectives on the growing diversity of Mesozoic mammals.

The Evolution Of Jaws Based On A 325M-Year-Old Shark-Like Fossil
2014-04-17 07:20:53

Despite having retained their basic "sharkiness" for millions of years, modern sharks have less to tell us about the early evolution of jawed vertebrates—including humans—than was previously thought.

Vertebrate Study Reveals The Evolution Of The Face
2014-02-13 09:19:21

A study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature has revealed new details on the evolution of the jaw – a major defining structure in the evolution of the face.

Fish Relatives Surprise Scientists
2013-07-18 04:53:01

Scientists have used genetic data to create a comprehensive evolutionary family tree, or phylogeny, for “spiny-rayed fish," a category that encompasses about a third of all living vertebrate species. They were quite surprised to find out just who was related to whom in the fish world.

Mystery Of The 25-Foot Ancient Spiral-Toothed Shark Solved?
2013-02-27 11:12:41

Imagine a 25-foot-long shark, but instead of having a typical set of jaws, it packs a chainsaw-like ‘tongue’ full of razor-sharp teeth ready to slash through prey with ease.


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Angler, Lophius piscatorius
2012-04-02 16:12:16

The Angler, (Lophius piscatorius), also known as the Fishing-frog, Frog-fish, or Sea-devil, is a species of monkfish in the family Lophiidae. It is found in coastal waters of the northeast Atlantic, from the Barents Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. This species comprises a significant commercial fishery in parts of its range. The Angler has a very large, broad head that is flat and depressed. The rest of the body appears to be a mere appendage. The wide...

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