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New fins evolve repeatedly in teleost fishes

Though present in more than 6,000 living species of fish, the adipose fin, a small appendage that lies between the dorsal fin and tail, has no clear function and is thought to be vestigial. However, a new study analyzing ...

dateMar 05, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Shark cull overkill

When West Australian (WA) Premier Colin Barnett sanctioned the killing of sharks longer than three metres that come within a kilometre of the shoreline, the decision was immediately met with fierce opposition. Professor of ...

dateMar 03, 2014 in Ecology
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How did we get four limbs? Because we have a belly

All of us backboned animals – at least the ones who also have jaws – have four fins or limbs, one pair in front and one pair behind. These have been modified dramatically in the course of evolution, into a marvelous variety ...

dateJan 27, 2014 in Evolution
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