New species of walking shark found in Indonesia
UQ Faculty of Medicine
Jan 20, 2020
Four new species of tropical sharks that use their fins to walk are causing a stir in waters off northern Australia and New Guinea.
Oh, I do so love when new species are found!
Especially if they are as wicked cool as these!
Note to the video maker… should we not be seeing two more sharks within? Just sayin.’
From my source:
Member was on ATS
44 minutes ago
posted on Jan, 24 2020 @ 05:00 AM
The researchers used tissue samples taken from live sharks to determine that DNA linked the new shark species to the Hemiscyllium genus, according to Science Alert.
DNA testing also revealed that the walking sharks are the youngest type of shark on Earth, VICE reported.
“With our molecular clock, we’ve been able to show that this group really only branched off from their nearest ancestor about nine million years ago and they’ve been actively radiating ever since,” Erdmann told VICE. “Obviously in human terms, that still seems like a long time ago, but for sharks, and for speciation in general, that’s actually very recent.”
“Data suggests the new species evolved after the sharks moved away from their original population, became genetically isolated in new areas and developed into new species,” she said.
“They may have moved by swimming or walking on their fins, but it’s also possible they ‘hitched’ a ride on reefs moving westward across the top of New Guinea, about two million years ago.”
Youngest on Earth? Is the walking Shark a step in evolution before life came to land? It definitely makes me wonder……..? What says ATS?