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African Lungfish Research Hints At New Evolutionary Step
2011-12-13 13:44:14

Researchers have revealed that the African lungfish can use its thin pelvic limbs to propel itself forward. The team's discovery reshuffles the order of evolutionary events leading up to creatures being able to walk, and also suggests that fossil tracks long thought to be the work of early tetrapods could have been produced instead by lobe-finned ancestors of the lungfish. "In a number of these trackways, the animals alternate their limbs, which suggested that they must have been made...


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West African Lungfish, Protopterus Annectens
2012-12-25 12:16:41

West African Lungfish thrive in fresh water in the West African countries of Senegal, Niger, Gambia, Volta and Chad basins, where the water temp ranges from 77 to 86 degrees. They also can be found in tributaries of the Chari River in Western Sudan. It is eel-like in looks with a long slender body containing 34 - 37 pairs of ribs. The body can be 9 - 15 times the length of its head with small eyes and a prominent snout. The pectoral fins (fins on each side closest to the head) are fringed...

Marbled Lungfish, Protopterus Aethiopicus
2012-12-25 12:06:57

The marbled lungfish is found mainly in the Nile river, in the northeastern continent of Africa. It also is found in such lakes as the Albert, Edward, Tanganyika, Victoria, Nabugabo, No and Kyoga, all centrally located in Africa at the southern end of the Nile. They live in the shallow areas of these lakes, streams, rivers, and swamps. During the dry season, many of the areas will dry up and when this occurs the marbled lungfish will bury themselves in the mud leaving just a small opening...

South American Lungfish, Lepidosiren paradoxa
2009-07-03 19:14:46

The South American lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa) is found in slow-moving waters and swamps of the Amazon, Paraguay, and the lower Parana River basins in South America. This fish is a member of Lepidosirenidae family and is noted for its necessary air-breathing. Little information is known of the South American lungfish. Common names of this species are the Scaly Salamander-fish and the American Mud-fish. Young South American lungfish are black and spotted with gold. The adult fish fades...

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