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The Origins Of Vertebrates Part 5: Conquest

So after the descendants of fish walked on bony fins in shallow water, after limbs became the next big thing in vertebrate evolution, after lungs and skin had evolved to the point where living out of the water could be an advantage, our ancestors crawled on four legs towards one …

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The Origins Of Vertebrates Part 4: Domination

So, we have skeletons, we have a central nervous system, we have backbones, are we there yet? Well, first of all, we are, because we’re already vertebrates; in terms of in these blogs however… the skeletons are made of cartilage at the moment, but they’re still in the club. So, …

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The Origins Of Vertebrates Part 3: Baby Got Back

If you’re looking at the featured image for this blog you might be turning your nose up, and I wouldn’t blame you, but before you leave in disgust I’d like to introduce you to the acorn worm, a strange little creature that’s anatomically very similar to the ancestor of all …

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The Origins Of Vertebrates Part 2: Acting Like Animals

Okay, we’re moving out of the realm of the single celled organisms this week! After mitochondria became a staple of complex life our eukaryotic ancestors diverged into fungi, protists (previously known as protozoa), the archaeplastida (algae and plants to you and me) and the gloriously underrated slime molds that I …

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