Adipose fins

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39332/title/Convergent-Fish-Fins/

 

Some researchers are looking at another morphological structure of modern day fish to investigate fish evolution.

“Adipose fins are small, fleshy and usually not as elaborately structured as other fins. Although some 6,000 species of fish—including trout, catfish, and salmon—have them, relatively few researchers have studied these structures in the last half-century.”

They plan to explore early changes that may be linked to the transition to tetrapods.  The beauty of cience is there is always another question!

 

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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology. My research interests are in genomics and microbiology, especially S. aureus and bacteriophage. I am convinced that the best way to teach science is to do science and my current work includes transforming our introductory labs to Classroom Undergraduate Research Experiences in Biology (CURES in BIO).

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