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[BBC] - Leaping fish give evolution clue

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Unlikely looking aerobatics performed by fish have given researchers an insight into how aquatic animals evolved to live on land.

Researchers discovered that at least six different types of fish are able to launch themselves into the air from a solid surface.

The team said this was an evolutionary snapshot of the transition from living in water to inhabiting land.

They published their findings in the Journal of Experimental Zoology A.

Lead scientist Alice Gibb from Northern Arizona University was surprised to find that every species she tested was able to jump.

It suggests that, rather than a rare adaptation that evolved in a select few species, the ability to leap on land is common among bony fishes. So many more of their ancient aquatic relatives might have invaded the land than had previously been thought.

"In my mind, that opens up the fossil record to re-interpretation," Dr Gibb told BBC Nature.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/15187545
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I am fascinated, fascinated by evolution. The more I hear about it, the more I am proud to be human.
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I love studies like this. It's great when transitional forms and adaptations can be found that once again support the idea of evolution. Evolution just keep continuing to be supported by more and more evidence. (Not that it needed any more evidence).
    
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Please try to keep it on topic people. Especially if you have nothing to say.

This is very interesting, but I'd wager that the transition from water to land was, like many things, made in many places at the same time, in many forms. In my mind, evolutionary change is usually only singular in retrospect.

Various organisms probably even went back from land to water.
    
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Awesome. Anything that gives us a clearer picture of how we got here from the beginning is always great news.
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