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Tiny ancient fish unlocks secrets of the evolution of Earth’s early vertebrates

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This is certainly not just another fish tale. A tiny jawless fish that lived more than half a billion years ago is providing scientists with a treasure trove of information about the very dawn of vertebrate life on Earth. Researchers on Wednesday described about…

415-million-year-old armored fish ‘Romundina’ was key to the evolution of faces

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Let’s face it. It’s easy to take for granted that mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish – vertebrates just like people – have a face. But it has not always been the case. The first creatures with a backbone – jawless fish from hundreds…