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From Fins To Feet

Scientists are connecting the dots in the evolutionary journey from sea to soil.

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Photo: Cornelius Bartke

Scientists believe that this newly discovered group of genes was lost with the evolution of limbs.

We all know that prehistoric aquatic life slowly but surely made the journey to land above sea. But how and when did this transition occur?

That is a question that scientists are still working to answer.

A research group, lead by Marie-Andree Akimenko of the University of Ottawa, have found a new group of genes that they believe to be an important key in understanding the development of limbs.

Read More:

  • Loss of Fish Actinotrichia Proteins and the Fin-to-Limb Transition (Nature)
  • Fin to Limb Evolution Clue Found (BBCNews)
Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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