Lobe-finned fish http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/42306/all en New quest to study 'living fossil' coelacanth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/new-quest-study-living-fossil-coelacanth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French and South African biologists will dive to deep-sea caves in the Indian Ocean next month in a bid to locate the coelacanth, the "living fossil" fish whose history predates the dinosaurs, France's National Museum of Natural History said on Friday.</p> <p>The "Gombessa" expedition, named after a local term for the coelacanth, will run from April 5 to May 15, exploring locations in the Jesser Canyon, 120 metres (390 feet) below the waters of Sodwana Bay, where the strange fish is believed to live.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/new-quest-study-living-fossil-coelacanth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fish Living fossils Lobe-finned fish AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:45:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5797190 at http://www.globalpost.com Fish out of water: coelacanth helps evolutionary probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/fish-out-water-coelacanth-helps-evolutionary-probe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Biologists on Wednesday said they had unravelled the DNA of the coelacanth, a "living fossil" fish whose ancient lineage can shed light on how life in the sea crept onto land hundreds of millions of years ago.</p> <p>Analysis of the coelacanth genome shows three billion "letters" of DNA code, making it roughly the same size as a human's, they said.</p> <p>The genetic blueprint appears to have changed astonishingly little over the aeons, pointing to one of the most successful species ever investigated.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/fish-out-water-coelacanth-helps-evolutionary-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fish Living fossils Lobe-finned fish AFP Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:17:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5818544 at http://www.globalpost.com Fossil find suggests evolutionary milestone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140114/fossil-find-suggests-evolutionary-milestone <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 375 million-year-old fossil has shed new light on the theory of evolution, challenging the widespread view that large hind appendages first appeared after vertebrates transitioned from the water to land.</p> <p>A report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said the well-preserved pelves and partial pelvic fin of a Tiktaalik roseae -- which looked like a cross between a crocodile and a fish -- indicated that hind legs actually began as hind fins.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140114/fossil-find-suggests-evolutionary-milestone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fish Lobe-finned fish Technology Transitional fossils AFP Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:46:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6043074 at http://www.globalpost.com