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375 million years ago fishes like Tiktaalik (pictured, above) looked out above water for prey. John Long, Flinders University

The eyes have it: how vision may have driven fishes onto land

The first truly terrestrial animals evolved from ancient fishes that left the water for land. But what prompted to move has been a mystery.
Trustees of the NHM, London

How to flat-pack a dinosaur

The Natural History Museum's 'Dippy' the diplodocus skeleton is about to be become a giant 3D jigsaw.
This 119 million year old fish, Rhacolepis, is the first fossil to show a 3D preserved heart which gives us a rare window into the early evolution of one of our body’s most important organs. Dr John Maisey, American Museum of Natural History in New York

The first fossilised heart ever found in a prehistoric animal

For centuries, the fossil remains of back-boned animals were studied primarily from their hardened bones. Now palaeontologists can study the softer side of these ancient creatures.

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