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Were early tetrapod tracks produced by walking fish?

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Were early tetrapod tracks produced by walking fish?

From “A Small Step for Lungfish, a Big Step for the Evolution of Walking” (ScienceDaily, Dec. 12, 2011), we learn,

Extensive video analysis, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that the African lungfish can use its thin pelvic limbs to not only lift its body off the bottom surface but also propel itself forward. Both abilities were previously thought to originate in early tetrapods, the limbed original land-dwellers that appeared later than the lungfish’s ancestors.

The observation reshuffles the order of evolutionary events leading up to terrestriality, the adaptation to living on land. It also suggests that fossil tracks long believed to be the work of early tetrapods could have been produced instead by lobe-finned ancestors of the lungfish.

Good possibility.

Walking fish are nothing new, but there’s more to terrestrial life than that.

See also: Land-based fish helps researchers assess how animals moved to land – and stayed there

Darwinists censor writer re: Fish that jump onto land unaided complicate the water-to-land transition story

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One Response to Were early tetrapod tracks produced by walking fish?

  1. The lungfish’s ability to use its thin limbs to support its body may be helped by the reduced demands of gravity underwater, the authors proposed.

    Ya think?!

    Geez when I am in a pond, lake, ocean, or river and I swim underwater I usually use the sand to propel my self along. I grab it with my hand and dig my toes in and push off.

    Must be “my inner fish” LoL!

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