Have all of you Dover trial devotees checked out Tiktaalik roseae, yet? She’s a sweet 375-million-year-old fish said to be the “long-sought missing link in the evolution of some fishes from water to a life walking on four limbs on land.”
I will leave the details to the science folk, who actually know what they’re talking about on this one. From Corante:
“So why is Tiktaalik big news and not news at all? It is big news because it
blurs the distinction between fish and tetrapod more spectacularly than ever
before. It is no news at all, because it is just the sort of creature that one
would predict from previously discovered fossils. Its place on our family tree
has been cleared and waiting for some time now. And now it’s filled.
There are some nice pics on Pharyngula that put Tiktaalik in context.
From the NY Times story:
“The fish has been named Tiktaalik roseae, at the suggestion of elders of
Canada’s Nunavut Territory. Tiktaalik (pronounced tic-TAH-lick) means “large
shallow water fish.””
Tiktaalik, welcome to the fossil record.
Amy Laura from Philly