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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 19 2006,05:12   

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Earís evolution seen in fossil
Transitional stage may have helped ancient fish breathe
 

By David Brown
The Washington Post
Updated: 12:54 a.m. ET Jan. 19, 2006

Question: What do you do with half an ear?

Answer: You breathe through it.

That's the conclusion reached by a pair of researchers who say they have found a fossil "snapshot" of the ear partway through its evolution to its current form.





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sir_toejam



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 19 2006,17:37   

hmm.

makes me think "spiracles".

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 20 2006,05:13   

Sorry, I missed what you were saying - I must've been breathing at the time. ;)

  
ChristieJ



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 24 2006,10:45   

Link to "Ears once breathed" on Yahoo! News

Link to MSN didn't work for me, so here's an alternate source - anyone read the paper in Nature yet?

From the article:

>>The Swedish researchers findings run counter to claims by proponents of creationism that sensory organs are so complex that they must have been designed by a higher power.

"All research revealing evolution is a slap in the face of creationism, but our results are especially interesting since evolution first is drawn in one direction ... and then in another. It's hard to believe that if God wanted to design an ear, this is the way He'd go about it," Ahlberg said.
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