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  • From Obscurity to Dominance: Tracking the Rapid Evolutionary Rise of Ray-Finned Fish

    07/28/2013 3:19:32 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Science Daily ^ | July 22, 2013 | University of Michigan
    Mass extinctions, like lotteries, result in a multitude of losers and a few lucky winners. This is the story of one of the winners, a small, shell-crushing predatory fish called Fouldenia, which first appears in the fossil record a mere 11 million years after an extinction that wiped out more than 90 percent of the planet's vertebrate species. The extinction that ended the Devonian Era 359 million years ago created opportunities quickly exploited by a formerly rare and unremarkable group of fish that went on to become -- in terms of the sheer number of species -- the most successful...