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Fossil of most primitive 4-legged creature found

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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 05:31 PM

WASHINGTON - Scientists unearthed a skull of the most primitive four-legged creature in Earth's history, which should help them better understand the evolution of fish to advanced animals that walk on land.
yahoo news

What a fascinating find! Many people believe that some fish slowly evolved legs and lungs at some point in history-- but they aren't certain why. The current theory is:

Research by Jennifer A. Clack and her colleagues showed that the earliest tetrapods, such as Acanthostega, were wholly aquatic and quite unsuited to life on land. This overturned the earlier view that fish had first invaded the land — either in search of prey (like modern mudskippers) or to find water when the pond they lived in dried out — and later evolved legs, lungs, etc.

The first tetrapods are now thought to have evolved in shallow and swampy freshwater habitats, towards the end of the Devonian, a little more than 365 million years ago. By the late Devonian, land plants had stabilized freshwater habitats, allowing the first wetland ecosystems to develop, with increasingly complex food webs that afforded new opportunities.
Devonian tetrapods

Got a better idea?

posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 06:23 PM
reply to post by Scramjet76

Cutting edge science and future technology.since we are in this forum no i dont have a better idea,at least its not scientifically proven thoughts belong on another thread...sorry.but i'm interested in where this thread leads to.

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