Tag: Vertebrates

Waves In Shallow Waters Helped Vertebrate Animals Evolve, Says Study

A new research proposed that shallow, near-shore waters helped vertebrates diversify hundreds of millions of years ago. The environment also explained why there is a gap in the fossil record.

Animals October 26, 2018

Embryo-carrying Dinosaur Relative Pushes Back Archosauromorphs Reproductive Biology By 50 Million Years

Embryo-carrying, 250-million-year-old fossil of the long-necked dino relative has its profound effect on the present knowledge about the reproductive biology among archosauromorphs. The fish-eating Dinocephalosaurus thrived during the Middle Triassic Period.

Animals February 17, 2017

No Thanks, Humans: Global Vertebrate Population On Course To Drop Two Thirds By 2020

Habitat loss abetted by rising human activity, including food production and depletion of water resources have led to the decline of 58 percent of wildlife between 1970 and 2012, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund.

Animals October 29, 2016

World's Longest-Living Vertebrate: Greenland Shark Species Can Live Up To 400 Years

The slow and sluggish Greenland shark is being touted as the world's longest-living vertebrate, reaching up to at least 400 years old. Scientists detail in a new study how they determined the marine animal's age.

Animals August 11, 2016

Blind Walking Fish In Thailand Climbs Waterfalls Like Salamander

A blind cavefish discovered in Thailand can walk and climb waterfalls like four-footed creatures. What does this walking fish reveal about early land vertebrates?

Animals March 25, 2016

The Debate Is Over: Scientists Think They Know What Ancient Tully Monster Is

Scientists have long been fascinated about the true lineage of a soft-bodied creature known as the Tully Monster, which was first discovered through fossil specimens in 1958. Now, researchers from various organizations in the U.S. claim that they may have finally found out what kind of animal this prehistoric creature really is.

Animals March 17, 2016

Monster Salamander Living In Chinese Cave May Be 200 Years Old (Video)

An example of a 'living fossil,' the world's largest amphibian, has been found in southwestern China. Hunting and habitat destruction has pushed the giant salamander to critically endangered status.

December 17, 2015

Smaller Species Dominate After Mass Extinction Events: Why?

Researchers found that for a minimum of 40 million years after a die-off, notably smaller fish dominated the oceans. They pointed to natural selection as one reason for this newfound post-mass extinction dominance.

Animals November 13, 2015

Ancient Mass Extinction Paved Way To Dominance Of Tiny Fish

Fossil records showed that smaller fish dominated the ocean after the Hangenberg event. Abrupt mass extinction events could set off a lasting Lilliput Effect that favor smaller organisms.

Animals November 12, 2015

Ancient fish fossil throw light on evolution of jaws in vertebrates

Fossils of ancient fish species give evidence of earliest formation of jaw structures, shed light on vertebrate evolution. Researchers at the University of Toronto and University of Cambridge studied Metaspriggina fossils found in the Burgess Shale in Canada for evidence.

Animals June 12, 2014

Sea snakes dehydrate while living in salt water, waiting for rain

Undersea living may be fine for sea snakes, but they wait until it rains to drinks. Here is how they do it!

Animals March 21, 2014

Ancient fish Tiktaalik roseae with hips and limbs could be missing evolutionary link

Scientists have made a surprising discovery of fossils of a fish known as Tiktaalik roseae in northern Canada that might reveal more closely how some vertebrates evolved from being water-based to land-based.

Animals January 15, 2014

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