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Fish that have their own fish finders

The more than 200 species in the family Mormyridae communicate with one another in a way completely alien to our species: by means of electric discharges generated by an organ in their tails.

dateAug 04, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Key genetic event underlying fin-to-limb evolution

A study of catsharks reveals how alterations in the expression and function of certain genes in limb buds underlie the evolution of fish fins to limbs. The findings are reported by researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology ...

dateAug 18, 2015 in Evolution
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