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Ancient fish uses thin limbs to walk and lift body, important steps for terrestriality


The eel-like body and scrawny “limbs” of the African lungfish would appear to make it an unlikely innovator for locomotion. But its improbable walking behavior, newly described by University of Chicago scientists (including IGERT fellow Heather King as lead author, along with IGERT project director Melina Hale and two IGERT faculty trainers, Michael Coates and Neil Shubin), redraws the evolutionary route of life on Earth from water to land.