Fish fingers: The evolutionary origin of the human hand

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A 380 million-year-old Elpistostege fossil found in Canada some ten years ago is the centre of a study that has revealed the history of the hand bone. Described as a “valuable insight into the evolution of the vertebrate hand” and published in Nature late last week, the paper is the first of a series of journal articles to explore the fossilised Elpistostegalian specimen.

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