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'Living fossil' or no, this strange, rare fish has a lung

Here's a breathtaking finding: Scientists say they've discovered an ancient vestigial lung in the coelacanth, a lobe-finned fish that's related to the ancient swimmer that went on to evolve into all tetrapods, humans included.<p>The find, described in the journal Nature Communications, helps to fill …

'Living Fossil' Fish Has Lungs

Gasp!<p>When a fisherman pulled a coelacanth out of the sea in 1938, researchers were stunned. The heavily scaled fish with lobes was a remnant of a bygone era, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Scientists had fossils of coelacanths that were hundreds of millions of years old, and until that day were …

Fish

A 6-foot-long 'sea scorpion' swam and scuttled in ancient seas

Scientists have found evidence of a giant scorpion-like animal that roamed the seas hundreds of millions of years before the dinosaurs.<p>The research team named the newly discovered creature <i>Pentecopterus decorahenis</i> because it looks like early Greek warships known as penteconters<i>.</i> "Decorahenis" is a …

Fossilized Human-Sized Sea Scorpion Found In Meteorite Crater

If you sea scorpion, say scorpion<p>If you think scorpions are scary today, be very glad that you weren't around 467 million years ago. Today, these stealthy stingers are found on land, but back then, scorpion ancestors ruled the seas.<p>In a study published today in <i>BMC Evolutionary Biology</i>, scientists …

Paleontology

Giant sea scorpion was built like a ship - Futurity

Scientists have discovered a giant sea scorpion that lived 467 million years ago and grew to be six feet long with large, grasping limbs for trapping …

Five foot seven and claws out of its head: meet Earth's first big predator

Fossils of Pentecopterus decorahensis, which hunted in the oceans half a billion years ago, discovered in Iowa river bed<p>Earth’s first big predatory monster was a giant underwater scorpion that reigned in the ocean almost half a billion years ago, well before the dinosaurs, scientists have …

Paleontology