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Shaking up the fish family tree: 'Living fossil' not as old as we thought

Polypterids are weird and puzzling African Fish that have perplexed biologists since they were discovered during Napoleon's expedition to Egypt in the late 1700s. The skull of a 250 million year old fossil fish and a virtual model of its internal skeleton,  along with a life reconstruction [Credit: Andrey Atuchin]Often called living fossils, these eel-like misfits have lungs and fleshy pectoral fins, bony plates and thick scales...

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